MRSA Mayhem Can Be Prevented With Simple Precautions

Is Danger Among The Daises?

What To Look For?

Any wound, like a cut, pimple, insect bite, scrape, rash, mouth or nasal sore that becomes infected.

Signs of infection: Redness, soreness,swelling, heat (warm to touch or the wounded says the area feels hot), drainage (pus), and odor (all wounds with odors need to see by a doctor immediately).

What Is MRSA?

Staphloccus bacteria, also known as staph is common in about one third of the population. It lives on the body and nasal passages of humans and animals.

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a form of staph bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics, which means... it has become very hard to treat with regular medication. So, it's important to get treatment as soon as possible before an infection becomes fatal.

Healthy people can actually be carriers of both the staph bacteria and MRSA, but not be ill, unfortunately... they can still pass the bacteria on to others.

While it's almost impossible not to ever be exposed to staph or MRSA, there are precautions you can take to reduce your risk of getting it.

What Do I Do?

  • Contact your doctor at the first early signs of infection.
  • Ask your doctor to test for MRSA before he starts antibiotics.
  • Follow treatment as prescribed and always finish your antibiotic prescriptions even if you do not have MRSA, or feel better.

How Do You Know A Wound is Infected?

  • Early on... the wound will become red, swollen, and feel hot to the victim.
  • Wounds on fingers and toes will make them feel stiff from the swelling.
  • Later... the wound develops an oozing yellow pus, more pain, redness swelling, anyone can feel the heat around the wound, and later still, smell an odor.

*Not finishing prescription antibiotics can lead to a super infection like MRSA that becomes resistant to antibiotics*

Wash Your Hands

Doctors and nurses know the number one defense against germs is proper hand washing, yet a recent study by the Minnesota health department showed that people are not doing it.... and the ones that were observed washing, were actually rinsing without soap.

Wash hands or use an alcohol based sanitizer anytime you come in contact with body fluids or private parts, yours, your child's, anyone's. Btw... blowing your nose is considered contact with a body fluid.

Also, wash after contact with human or animal waste or meats, and always before leaving a public restroom.

Don't Share Personal Items

People are not the only carriers of MRSA or other germs. Towels, clothes, make up, flip flops, electric and regular razors, and deodorant, just to name a few, all harbor germs.

Cover Wounds

Cover any wound until healed. Besides keeping wounds covered, keep them dry.

Proper Hand Washing

  • Start warm running water, and rinse hands.

  • Apply soap and lather up all areas of hands including, wrists, between fingers, backs of hands, and under nails. This should take at least 60 seconds.

  • Rinse and dry with disposable towel or completely air dry.

  • Use towel to turn off faucet.

  • If necessary use a clean towel to turn knobs to exit bathrooms. You'll never know if the last visitor had clean hands.

Break Bread With Clean Hands

Wet bandages will allow germs in and send them out. The same goes for pus or drainage, change wound dressings often to keep them dry.

4) Wash Contaminated Items

Use hot water with a little bleach to sanitize any items, like bed linens, ice packs, soaking bowls, or most non-living things that have come in contact with a wound. Use a dishwasher's heat dry and clothes dryers to really sterilize.

If on carpet or areas where bleach can't be used Lysol is a better bet than nothing.

5) Insist To Be Tested

If your doctor is going to treat an infected wound with antibiotics, insist to be tested for MRSA, especially if the patient is young, elderly, or has low resistance to disease (chemo patients, patients with influenza, HIV).

Treating MRSA with the wrong antibiotics will make it stronger and deadlier.

And...always finish your prescription antibiotics. Many of the world's strongest antibiotic resistant diseases can be traced back to super infections caused by non-compliance with antibiotic treatment.

Make Sure They Are Safe...

At School And Under The Care Of Medical And Hospital Staff
At School And Under The Care Of Medical And Hospital Staff

Don’t Forget The Kids and Frail

Children, infirm elderly, and hospitalized patients are especially vulnerable to become victims of MRSA because they rely on adults and caregivers to keep them healthy.

Caregivers need to ensure the cleanliness of their environments and need to be informed of any illness or infections of persons in their charge.

How Can You Assure Quality Care?

  • If you see a wound, report it to the caregiver, as they may not beware of it.
  • If hospitalized or in the doctor's office, insist that you see them wash their hands before touching you or your child.
  • If housekeepers wear gloves, insist that they change them when they move from room to room. Housekeeper's dirty gloves are a major contaminant, as they clean washrooms then use the same gloves to open doors.
  • Report to the school office or charge nurse anytime you feel caregivers or staff may be cross contaminating with equipment, clothing, or gloves.

Remember... It's your right to receive quality care.

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Comments 7 comments

Diana 8 years ago

how do we know the Dr is prescribing the right antibiotic if we do have a staff infection?

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Sangay Glass 8 years ago Author

If the Dr. test for MRSA... he will know what antibiotic to perscribe because there are very strong antibiotics available to treat it.

The problems arise when there is no test for MRSA ...and the Dr. treats the infection with an antibiotic that is not strong enough.

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madonna 7 years ago

my friend had a pimple with pus 2 months ago. his doctor removed it and cultered it they found stap.aureus he gave him a medication for 7 days (augmentin 1g) his skin recovered but 2 days ago another one appeared what do you think ? in my opinion it was an inssuficient therapy what shall we do?

Itchy Rashes 7 years ago

I appreciate the info you've provided. This is very serious. I think people ignore small wounds and don't take them seriously. But someone can be a carrier to another with a low immune system.


donald stanford 7 years ago

How long will it take before you get sick after getting MRSA,because I went to the hospital for a bump on my arm,they said it was a scorpion bite then said it was a spider,cut it open,did a culture on it,a week later my left knee swole up and I went back and the hospital drained it and told me to come back if it started to swell again,the next day I went back and a different dr. told me to go somewhere else,that they could'nt help me,I told her I had no way of going anywhere else(I live in a small town in the mountians)so they sent me to the clinic behind the hospital,with my records in their hands,I asked what the cultures they took at the hospital told them I had and they told me not to worry,nothing bad,the clinic nor the hospital would give me an answer to what I had but the clinic tried to drain my knee and could'nt get anything out,I kept going back because of pain in my knee,my arm has already healed and the bandage was off,but my leg was swelling and I could'nt stand the pain so I kept going back and they would give me a pain shoot,six weeks went by and then they called me and said to get to the hospital asap,so I did,at this time I could'nt walk with out help,now my whole body was swelling and they said they needed to get me to another hospital asap but when we asked what I had they said that I had something only a dog can get(that is in the hospital reports writen by the doctor)the sent me by ambalance 2 hours away to another hospital,I was their a week,they said I had MRSA and I only had a 10% chance of living through the night,that night I went blind in my right eye,had a stroke(mild),temp. went to 107,and my kiddneys quit,they sent me to a third hospital(stanford)four weeks later my right bicept swole and burst,when I was released after six weeks I was blind in one eye,my right arm didn't work so well,my left knee got infection in the bone and is inoperable,there was talk of removing my leg but haven't,and I had to learn to walk again,and was sent home with hoses in my chest and left arm for the IV's I took every day for 8 months and pills for 4 more months,now it has been 2 years september that I got sick and Im worried that it might come back and if does how will I know,Im 44 years old and disabled,and afraid of getting sick again,did I get this from the hospital?

Tracy Spencer  5 years ago

My daughter just broke out in this they told us it is MRSA and she got it from the other hospital less than a month ago she was treated at for frost bite shei s 19 years old we live in Ontario Canada I am very worried about her she got strong antibiotics and if it looks worse tomorrow she will go back and be admitted.

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