How Do You Prevent a MRSA Infection?

Tips to prevent MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, include using proper hygiene practices, protecting wounds and not sharing personal items such as razors and towels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MRSA spreads by direct contact to an infected wound or by contact with contaminated surfaces.

Areas covered with hair such as armpits, beards and groins are more susceptible to the infection, notes Mayo Clinic. MRSA most often becomes a problem in areas where the skin is broken due to an open wound, scrape or cut. For this reason, it is important to clean out wounds immediately and keep them protected and clean until they fully heal. Avoiding contact with another person's wounds or bandages that covered wounds also reduces the spread of the infection.

Certain environments pose an increased risk of becoming infected with MRSA. Crowded locations such as prisons increase the risk, as well as health care facilities such as hospitals where many patients are being treated are examples, according to WebMD. Locker rooms or gyms are also locations with an increased risk of contact with MRSA. Disinfection practices in those facilities decrease the risk of spreading MRSA. Individuals with an open wound should pay particular attention in those locations, avoiding contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.