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Are you familiar with MRSA? MRSA is the common acronym used to refer to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an antibiotic resistant strain of staph infection. While MRSA has been around for decades it is of concern to doctors and medical professionals because of its resistance to standard treatments. This can cause a delay in diagnosis and treatment that might allow MRSA to spread in the body becoming more dangerous.

The good news is that there are medicines available to treat MRSA infections. Still, the best way to deal with MRSA is to avoid it! MRSA is spread primarily through physical contact. Anyone with a break in their skin can become infected. This includes cuts, sores, burns, and abrasions – basically any skin injury that penetrates the skin’s protective outer layers.

Luckily there are simple ways to avoid a MRSA infection. Here are five simple steps to take to avoid a MRSA infection as recommended by the Center for Disease Control:

  1. Wash Your Hands. Sound simple enough? Most people do not take the time to wash their hands thoroughly. Inadequate hygiene is practically a personal invitation in the eyes of bacteria. Follow these steps to ensure that your hands are truly clean. A) Always use soap. Any soap is antibacterial if used correctly and this means suds. B) Be Patient. As you wash your hands, sing your A-B-C’s as a timer. You need to spend fifteen seconds. C) Clean Completely. That means washing between your fingers and under your rings and beneath your nails – not just your palms and the backs of your hands. Oh! Cold water won’t make enough suds and hot water will dry your hands which leads to cracking. Water should be warm.
  2. Bandage your Boo-boo’s. MRSA infections are caused by bacteria which enter the body through a chink in the body’s armor, your skin. A clean bandage placed over cuts and scrapes gives you the added layer of protection you need to fight infection. Ointments are fine but can’t take the place of a physical barrier between your boo-boo and bacteria.
  3. Don’t share towels or razors, etc. Basically, anything that makes direct contact with skin becomes a bridge between bacteria and you. So, if it’s something that is going to touch your naked skin, you need your own. Especially in a wet or even damp environment such as showers and locker rooms, you can’t be too careful.
  4. See the Doctor. Should you begin to show signs of infection, don’t attempt to cure yourself with over-the-counter medications. These infections are not “subtle.” Symptoms of Staph Infection include a large area of redness associated with swelling and pain. Further symptoms include painful blisters or abscesses that produce pus. Untreated MRSA can invade bone and muscle, even enter the bloodstream and that’s when it gets serious.
  5. Don’t try to clean up MRSA. If a MRSA infection is diagnosed in your home or place of work, your best bet is to hire a professional Infection Decontamination company. A bio hazard response technician has the training and experience to reduce the likelihood of transmission of MRSA bacteria using proper cleaning products and techniques, preventing its spread and further infections. Ordinary household cleaners aren’t meant to eliminate bio hazards and the untrained cleaner won’t know all the places MRSA might hide.

These are five easy steps to take to protect yourself and your family from MRSA infection. If you’d like more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/prevent/index.html.

About Advanced Bio Treatment

Advanced Bio Treatment is a team of professional crime scene cleanup and biohazard response technicians. Through on-going training and hands-on experience, we have the knowledge to truly eliminate the threat of MRSA infection from your home, office, or commercial property. Founded by a former police officer and insurance agent, Advanced Bio Treatment is dedicated to providing compassionate, professional infection elimination services. We understand your need for discreet but thorough cleaning and we will work with your insurance company to make the experience as painless as possible.

Ted Pelot Owner & President of Crime Scene Cleanup Company - Advanced Bio-Treatment