Health professionals are fighting back against MRSA, according to the Mayo Clinic, by using antibiotic-coated catheters and gloves. However, the best way of stopping and preventing the spread of MRSA starts at home. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This type of staph bacteria is resistant to antibiotic medication.
MRSA occurs when staph the bacteria enter a cut, rash, or broken skin. Typically, a person becomes infected with MRSA in three ways. A person shares personal items with someone, has direct contact with an infected person, or touches a surface contaminated with MRSA.
Symptoms of MRSA appear as bumps around the wound that may be warm to the touch. The cut looks red, swollen and full of pus. Also, a person experiences a fever.
Hand washing is the most effective way of stopping the spread of MRSA. Effective hand washing requires using soap and water. A person needs to briskly scrub hands and fingernails for at least 15 seconds then dry hands. The towel should be disposable or never used by anyone else. Once the person is finished drying their hands, it is best to turn off the faucet using the towel. Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol should be used if a person doesn’t have access to soap and water.
Also a person needs to be stingy with personal items. Never share personal items such as clothing, towels, sheets, razors, or sports equipment. This secondary contact allows contaminated object to spread MRSA. Any wounds must be cleaned and constantly covered with a sterile bandage.
Washing and sanitizing linens also stops the spread of MRSA. A person should always use hot water and add bleach.
People Playing Sports
In addition to washing and sanitizing linens, all sports equipment like uniforms and gym clothes need to be washed in hot water and dried on the hot setting. Anyone playing sports should always show immediately after practice or games. Again, use soap and water, but don’t use another person’s towel. If an athlete has a wound that appears looks infected, then sit out of practices and games until the cut is healed.
Use Antibiotics As Needed
Early detection for anyone with a skin infection sops the spread of MRSA. Thus, a person should ask a physician to test for MRSA. This allows the physician to prescribe the correct antibiotic. Make sure to use any prescribed antibiotics as directed. Inappropriate use, such as stopping or overusing antibiotics, causes a person to build up a resistance to antibiotics, according to the Mayo Clinic.