New guidelines will improve treatment of skin infections, including methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)

New guidelines will improve treatment of skin infections, including methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA).

Help patients get appropriate treatment.

For minor infections WITHOUT pus, recommend starting with a beta-lactam (cephalexin, etc) for 5 to 7 days to cover strep. Instead of adding an antibiotic to cover MRSA, recommend switching later if needed.

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