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Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus Infection


A vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE) infection is caused by bacteria. These bacteria are resistant to certain types of antibiotics. A VRE infection spreads easily from person to person.



  • Antibiotics help kill the bacteria that caused your VRE infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent the spread of VRE:

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water. Wash your hands after you use the bathroom, change a child's diapers, or sneeze. Wash your hands before you prepare or eat food.
  • Keep your wound clean and covered with a bandage until it is healed, or as directed.
  • Do not share items , such as eating utensils, brushes, or keys, with others.
  • Clean surfaces well. Use germ-killing cleaner when you clean surfaces, such as counters, doorknobs, or sink faucets. Ask which cleaner is best to kill VRE bacteria.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have muscle pain or weakness.
  • You have a wound that is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You are urinating more often than usual or have pain when you urinate.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your throat is swelling and you are having trouble breathing.
  • You have new chest or back pain.
  • You have a headache with a stiff neck, and you feel weak or confused.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.