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Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection


A vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infection is caused by bacteria. These bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic medicine vancomycin. The infection can spread easily from person to person.



  • Antibiotics help kill the bacteria that caused your VRSA 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.

Preventing the spread of VRSA:

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water. Wash your hands after you use the bathroom, change 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 VRSA bacteria.
  • Wash contaminated laundry with hot water and soap in the washing machine. Dry them in a clothes dryer on the hot setting.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your symptoms do not improve or are getting worse.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have a wound that is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have sudden trouble breathing.
  • You have a fast heartbeat or chest pain.
  • You feel so dizzy that you have trouble standing up.
  • Your lips and fingernails are turning blue in color.

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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.

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