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Patients will be enrolled in a multi-center study to prospectively evaluate outcome after treatment for an uncomplicated skin abscess. All patients will receive incision and drainage and wound cultures. Patients will then be randomized to 1) placebo two tablets PO BID X 7 days or 2) bactrim DS (800/160) two tablets PO BID x 7 days. Patients will then return to the emergency department ED) at 48 hours and 7 for wound repacking and evaluation. The primary outcome is treatment failure rates at 7 days after incision and drainage. Patients who are clinically worsening or not improving after 48 hours will then be treated with additional antibiotics or admission if needed. Data will be analyzed both by initial randomization and intention to treat.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether measures to eliminate the Staph germ from the skin of the index patient (with a special ointment and soap) are more effective when performed by everyone in the household rather than the patient alone, and whether these methods are effective in preventing future Staph infections. The investigators hypothesize that there will be a greater number of households who are successful in eradicating the staph germ from the index patient when all members of the household participate than households where only the index patient is treated.
The purpose of this study is to determine the natural history of community-associated Staphylococcus aureus infections in both adult and pediatric patients by monitoring the rate of recurrent infections in those colonized with S. aureus. In addition, this study will evaluate the efficiency of commonly prescribed decolonization measures in patients presenting with S. aureus skin and soft tissue infections.
The main purpose of this study is to determine if applying mupirocin into soldiers noses who are colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) will reduce infections in them and their cohort of fellow soldiers.