Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also called MRSA or staph, infections are an increasing concern in United States. In todays 60 Second Housecall Dr. Edward Hill discusses some prevention guidelines for you and your family.

Dr. Hill:

Resistant staph infection of the skin, or MRSA, is increasingly common throughout the United States.

MRSA is most often passed through hospitals, but is also beginning to be contracted through the community. In schools or small organizations, like a sports team, it is quickly spread because of close contact.

MRSA is resistant to most antibiotics so infections may be difficult to treat, especially if not caught early.

Here are some guidelines from the CDC to prevent acquiring MRSA:

Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or both.

Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.

Maintain a clean environment by establishing cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces as well as using a barrier between your skin and shared equipment such as weight-training benches.

Shower immediately after participating in exercise, and

Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors that come into contact with your bare skin.

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