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Purulent skin infections are often caused by Staphylococcus aureus including MRSA.

Purulent skin infections are commonly caused by Staphylococcus aureus in contrast to non-purulent infections that may be more likely to be caused by group A streptococcus. Coverage should include community acquired MRSA. Oral options in younger children include Clindamycin depending on local susceptibility patterns, Linezolid and TMP/SMX.


Stevens DL, Bisno AL, Chambers HF, Dellinger EP, Goldstein EJ, Gorbach SL, Hirschmann JV, Kaplan SL, Montoya JG, Wade JC; Infectious Diseases Society of America. Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft tissue infections: 2014 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Jul 15;59(2):e10-52. PMID: 24973422