A minor skin infection is often treated with warm soaks and basic wound care, including a bandage. For more serious staph skin infection, antibiotic treatment may be prescribed, either as ointment or a pill. In some instances, your doctor may drain your abscess of pus to help it heal.
For a severe or widespread infection, you may need a more powerful antibiotic, given through an IV. These antibiotics travel through the bloodstream to kill bacteria throughout the body.
If staph has infected an implanted device, it may need to be removed. This may involve surgery.
Increasingly, staph infections are resistant to common antibiotics like methicillin and penicillin. Resistant staphylococcus are referred to as methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and they are often harder to treat.