MRSA

What is MRSA?

MRSA is a so-called ‘evolved germ’ that’s immune to most antibiotics. These germs may already be living harmlessly on your skin, or in your nose, and can give rise to skin infections. More severe infections arise if these germs get into your body or bloodstream via a wound or during surgery. MRSA can be transmitted from person to person fairly easily through direct contact.

Symptom summary

  • Chest and joint pains.
  • Headaches.
  • Poor healing.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle ache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Fever.
  • Pimples, boils and abscesses.

Prevention tips

Medical Practices

Cover your cuts
You do not want the infection to get into your bloodstream, so protect your family by covering any wounds and grazes with waterproof dressings.

Medical Practices

Don’t share
Keep the risk of spreading MRSA germs to a minimum by using your own towels and face cloths.

Hygiene Habit

Stop the spread
MRSA moves from person to person via direct skin-to-skin contact — so encouraging good hygiene through regular handwashing with an effective germ protection disinfectant soap is a great way in which to keep those germs at bay. Hospital patients are particularly susceptible to infection, so you must use hand sanitisers or wash your hands before and after visiting them.

Mythbusters

  • MRSA is not treatable…

    Although MRSA infections are, by definition, resistant to antibiotics, they’re not usually resistant to every kind. Most MRSA infections can actually be treated.

  • You can catch MRSA just by sitting next to an infected person…

    No. It has to be direct contact. You can pick up the bacteria either by touching them or touching items that they’ve been in contact with — towels, bandages, cups, for instance.

    For more tips from Lifebuoy on health and hygiene, read our articles.

Medical source : British Health Authority

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