Careful Cleaning of Children's Wounds is Key to Healing

For skin infected with the antibiotic-resistant bacterium MRSA, timely and proper wound cleaning and draining may be more important than the choice of antibiotic.

Researchers originally set out to compare the effectiveness of two antibiotics for children with infected wounds, and found that the drug choice didn't matter: 95 percent of the children in the study recovered completely within a week, regardless of which antibiotic they got.  This led the research team to conclude that proper wound care, not antibiotics, may have been the key to healing.

According to Eurekalert:

“... [P]roper wound care has always been the cornerstone of skin infection treatment but, the researchers say, in recent years more physicians have started prescribing antibiotics preemptively.”

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