Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Will My MRSA Scar Eventually Go Away?

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Question: I got a spider bite and it got infected, and I ended up getting MRSA. I was on Septra for two months and it seems to be okay. But I have a scar and it is still red around the area. Will it eventually go away?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
MRSA infections are commonly confused with spider bites. MRSA lesions form from an infected hair follicle that loses its ability to drain to the outside, and forms an abscess. The best treatment is drainage, not antibiotics.
 
Scars with redness suggest more is going on under the surface. They often require draining. Current medical guidelines discourage antibiotics unless the tissues around the lesion are involved in spreading infection through surrounding or deeper tissue such as with lymphangitis or cellulitis. Scars will often take years to fade, in some cases up to 10 years on the legs.

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