Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment Home Care pain and fever adults pain and fever children warning signs Prevention Complications Underlying Cause Types MRSA

Staph Infections Home Care

Home care for a staph infection depends on the location of the infection.

Home care for a staph infection of the skin includes:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Apply warm compresses to the skin.
    • For 20-30 minutes, 4 times a day
  • Rest the infected area.
  • Elevate the infected area above your heart.
  • Clean the skin thoroughly:
    • Twice a day
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Do not scrub the skin.
    • Dry the skin.
    • Apply an antibiotic ointment.
  • Keep clothing off the skin surface.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed antibiotics as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Don't stop taking your medication just because you feel better.
    • If you feel worse, talk to your doctor before you stop your medication.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Staph Infections Pain and Fever Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and fever in adults with a staph infection include:


Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.

Aspirin

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Ketoprofen

NSAID Precautions

Staph Infections Pain and Fever Children

Common medications used at home for pain and fever in children include:


Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Staph Infections Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a staph infection and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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