Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is a highly infectious skin infection. Numerous processes have made these bacteria turn resistant to antibiotics used to treat skin infections namely, penicillins and cephalosporins. This antibiotic resistance makes the infection difficult to treat. The infection manifests in the form of abscesses, pimples, boils and rashes just like other staph infections. The surrounding area is usually red, swollen and very painful.
Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of MRSA outbreaks among athletes besides the general public. It occurs mainly due to the injuries incurred while training and the skin-to-skin contact involved. Since it is highly communicable, people must take care of certain things.
I have prepared a list of to-do and not to-do things, when suffering from MRSA.
1. Cover the sore with clothes or bandages. Put extra bandage to prevent it from leaking. Wash hands after putting on the bandage.
2. Wash hands frequently like before drinking, eating, smoking or applying personal care products.
3. Use disposable paper towels.
4. Use alcohol hand rubs when washing is not possible.
5. Athletes should ensure that all the floors including locker room, hallway, cafeteria and classroom are hygienic, properly mopped with bleach.
6. All the door knobs, handles, water fountains should be infection free, possibly wiped with the similar bleach solution as used on the floors.
7. Sportsperson must ask the gym officials to keep extra antibacterial soaps in the washrooms adjoining locker rooms.
8. Take shower after their training session with the best antibacterial bath soap.
9. If MRSA is suspected, consult a doctor as soon as possible. He will treat it rightfully with laboratory examination and if confirmed with antibiotics.
10. Shared items should be washed thoroughly with bleach-water solution (the solution is prepared with 1 part sodium hypochlorite and 10 parts of water).
11. Use a good hand sanitizer in between contact with other athletes.
1. Do not touch your own open wound or of anyone else’s.
2. Never squeeze the sores. It can worsen condition and leave scares.
3. Be wary of people having weak immune system like infants and toddlers and people suffering from chronic diseases.
4. Some people are at higher risk of catching MRSA such as ones with skin infections like eczema and people who recently have had surgery. Stay away from them.
5. Participating in any of the contact sports is a complete no-no. You may infect others or aggravate your existing condition. Also sweating can loosen up your covering of bandages or tapes and infect the other person.
6. Athletes should avoid places like swimming pools, gyms, sauna and spa till the sore heals up completely.
7. If your urine or feces contains MRSA, clean the washroom with a strong disinfectant or ask others to do so if you are unable to do it. They too must use gloves.
8. Avoid direct skin-to-skin contact with other people in the gym.
9. Do not share personal items like towels, razors, bathing soap, laundry soap and clothes with others.
10. Do not use used athletic equipment.
Prevention is the best cure in case of MRSA. Just remember the above mentioned points when experiencing MRSA and keep yourself and others safe. Do not forget to choose best antibacterial bathing soap. One of the best is Defense Soap.