Antibiotic Sensitivity of Staphylococci in Furunculosis (Boil)

Title: Species composition and antibiotic sensitivity of staphylococci isolated from patients with furunculosis
: Kutsyk RV, Kurovets' LM.
Publication: Mikrobiol Z. 2002 Sep-Oct;64(5):59-62.

The authors studied the biological properties and susceptibility to antibiotics of 54 strains of Staphylococcus bacteria isolated from furunculosis or boil lesions.

They found that:

Staphylococcus strain
% of cases
S. aureus
35.2 ± 6.5
S. epidermidis
31.5 ± 6.32
S. warneri
16.7 ± 5.08
S. hominis
7.4 ± 3.56
S. haemolyticus and S. saprophyticus
3.7 ± 2.57
S. lentus
1.9 ± 1.86

Methicillin-resistant staphylococci were found in 25.92% of patients with boil. Resistance to other antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarythromycin, cephtriaxon, pephloxacyne, tetracycline, doxycycline, levomycetine and phosphomycine, had also been seen.

Based on studies on the ability of these Staphylococcus bacteria to resist antibiotics, the authors recommended that cephasoline be used for treating boils, with tobramycin as reserve antibiotics.

The authors also noted that they made autovaccines (also called autogenous vaccines, or vaccines derived from a culture of the patient’s own bacteria) for patients’ treatment.

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