What Precautions Should You Use to Prevent the Spread of MRSA?


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Preventing the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is achieved with good hygiene such as hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering wounds until they are healed and the avoidance of sharing items such as razors or towels with others, states the CDC. Seek immediate medical care if an infection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is suspected.

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MRSA is spread through direct contact with an infected wound or through sharing personal items that have been contaminated, according to the CDC. It is possible for anyone to get MRSA, but some situations can increase the risk. This includes crowded areas, contact with an infected person's skin and situations where equipment is shared, such as daycare centers, hospitals and military barracks.

Symptoms of MRSA include an irritated area of the skin that is warm, red or painful; swollen; full of pus or drainage; and accompanied by a fever, states the CDC. Although, it is not possible to tell if an infection is MRSA by looking at it, a person who exhibits these symptoms should cover the infected area with a bandage, wash his hands and contact his physician immediately. Attempting to drain pus from the wound or treating MRSA at home can cause the infection to spread to other people.

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