How are Staphylococcus aureus folliculitis, furuncle, and carbuncle treated?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Elizabeth P Baorto, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Impetigo, folliculitis, furuncle, carbuncle:

  • Superficial or localized skin infections: A topical agent such as mupirocin or retapamulin; however, most CA-MRSA strains are (or readily become) resistant to mupirocin

  • More extensive or serious skin disease and bullous impetigo: Oral antistaphylococcal agents [12]

  • Drainage of pus collections is of paramount importance [13]


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