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MRSA Eradication

Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to many types of antibiotics.  Symptoms can vary from patient to patient BUT the vast majority of people who have MRSA on their skin will not have any symptoms.  If a patient does develop a skin infection due to MRSA, we try to eliminate their skin of this dangerous bacteria in the hopes that a different kind of more manageable Staph aureus will take its place on the skin (colonize).  There is no guarantee that using the regimen will completely eliminate the risk of developing an MRSA infection.  If you suspect an ongoing infection in yourself or a family member you MUST contact a health care provider for treatment of the infection.  This regimen WILL NOT WORK for active infections.

  • Bactroban® (mupirocin) ointment [available by prescription] applied on a Q-tip to the inside of the nostrils once a day for 2 weeks.
  • Hibacleanse® (chlorhexidine) liquid soap [available at the pharmacy without a prescription] is used to clean your entire body in the bath or shower every day for two weeks and then three times per week for six more weeks.

You should expect the Hibacleanse® soap to cause some skin dryness.  It should be stopped immediately if you notice redness, hives or any other allergic reaction.  Similarly, stop using the Bactroban® ointment if you notice redness, nasal irritation or bleeding.