Avoiding Staph Infection

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

There are populations susceptible to developing and spreading resistant staph infections. Health care workers and athletes that congregate in locker rooms are two such populations. Dr. Edward Hill shares recommendations to prevent the spread of staph infections in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A staph infection has the potential to become life-threatening if the bacteria get inside the body through a wound or surgical incision. The infection then can spread to the blood, bones, or major organs, like the heart and lungs.

These precautions can help lower your risk of developing staph infections:

Wash your hands. Careful hand-washing is your best defense against germs.

Keep wounds covered. Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered with sterile, dry bandages until they heal.

Reduce tampon risks. Toxic shock syndrome is caused by staph bacteria.

Keep personal items personal. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors and athletic equipment. Staph infections can spread on objects, as well as from person to person.

Staph bacteria can survive on clothing and bedding that isnt properly washed. To get bacteria off clothing and sheets, wash them in hot water whenever possible. Also, use bleach on any bleach-safe materials.

By taking these precautions, you can reduce the spread of resistant staph infections.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.