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How to Protect Yourself Against MRSA

How to Protect Yourself Against MRSA
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By    |   Friday, 03 August 2018 10:32 AM

MRSA, a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics can be deadly

Dr. Bindu Mayi, who holds a doctorate in Medical Microbiology and a post-doctoral Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington in Seattle, tells Newsmax that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year in the United States antibiotic resistant bacteria cause about 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths.

“MRSA can cause a spectrum of diseases from skin and soft tissue infections to pneumonia, endocarditis and sepsis,” she says. “These infections can be healthcare associated (HA) or community associated (CA).”

Healthcare associated MRSA is usually acquired in a hospital, nursing home or similar setting , while community acquired MRSA can happen anywhere as we go about our daily lives.

Football teams have been struck by MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and it is rampant in gyms with the risk factors being crowing, frequent skin to skin contact, lack of cleanliness and contact with contaminated items and surfaces.

Mayi says that studies show that one in three people carry Staphylococcus aureus and two in 10 carry MRSA in their noses.

“The best protection is clean hands,” she says. “We can minimize our risk by ensuring that we wash our gym towels and gym clothes daily. Do not share towels, soap or razors with anyone. Always cover cuts and scrapes and never touch other people’s wounds or bandages.”

In gym situations, always wipe down a piece of equipment before using it

In healthcare settings, make sure that providers and practitioners always wash their hands before touch you or a loved one.

A MRSA infection is red, warm to the touch and begins to swell. Always call your doctor or urgent care and have it checked out if you see signs of the disease. The CDC says that a MRSA infection does look like a spider bite so if someone comes to you and says your infection looks like a spider bite, thank MRSA.

“It it’s treated early, it is easier to eradicate,” says Mayi. “Once the staph infection invades your body you can develop life-threatening compliations.”

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