MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It causes a staph infection (pronounced “staff”) that is resistant to several common antibiotics. There are two types of infection. Hospital-associated MRSA happens to people in health care settings. Community-associated MRSA happens to people who have close skin-to-skin contact with others, such as athletes involved in football and wrestling.
Targeted infection control is key to stopping MRSA in hospitals and other health care facilities. To prevent community-associated MRSA:
- Practice good hygiene
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
- Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages
- Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors or clothes
- Wash soiled sheets, towels and clothes in hot water with bleach and dry in a hot dryer
If a wound appears to be infected, see a health care provider. Treatments may include draining the infection and treating with antibiotics.
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases