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Sorry, long query but I'm a mother tired of watching my adult

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Sorry, long query but I'm a mother tired of watching my adult daughters health go down while only being able to watch from the sidelines - advice please!
Daughter has large,deep,suppurating sore on crown of head, for over a year now - thinks it originated from insect bite under cycle helmet, has lost the hair around site, has had several courses of the 'usual' antibiotics from her GP - amoxicillin etc with no effect.
Eventually, after a year of being ill,catching every virus around,exhausted&feeling she was going mad - she is normally a super fit marathon runner,but health has deteriorated so much she has even had to take time off work, something she would never do - her GP recently agreed to take bloods (but not a wound swab for some reason, which would have seemed the obvious test to me)
Bloods showed massively raised white cell count - lymph glands have been enlarged for a long time.
She has just recovered from a bad bout of tonsillitis - again, something she would never normally succumb to and had to take two weeks off work.
So frustrated, she has seen another GP privately, who of course immediately took a wound swab which shows MRSA in the head wound, which I would imagine has been there for the past year.
My query is - she has only been prescribed Fluclox.bd for 6wks, which she has had before but only a 2wk course - would not Erythromycin be a more effective choice??
Sincerely
Mrs Rosalind Sheppard
Devon,UK
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Hi and very sorry for the delay. While the Fluclox might be effective, for MRSA I'd use a four week course of either Septra DS or a ten day course of Levaquin. Let me know if you need more information please