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January 22, 2013 @ 01:47 PM
MRSA Update

According to a recent medical study (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/
252403.php/
) a group of medical researchers discovered that MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial infection carried on the skin or nasal lining, has been discovered to propagate in US wastewater and water treatment plants. It’s nasty stuff that can, if untreated, become a very serious ailment to the infected individual. Some things necessary to know about MRSA:

MRSA is spread in a number of ways:

• Through the particles of an individual’s breathing, wheezing, sneezing, or coughing.
Being touched by an individual who carries MRSA, touching the skin of an individual who has
been colonized by MRSA, or a doorknob, toilet seat, sink faucet or other contaminated surface.
Sharing a towel, brush, razor, or other personal items with an MRSA-infected individual.
MRSA proliferates in environments such as hospitals, saunas, gyms, locker rooms or other warm
& moist environments.

Signs of MRSA

What are the most common signs of MRSA, or how do you know if you have acquired it? One of the most common, early stage images of MRSA looks very similar to a pimple outbreak supported by a surrounding rash. The infection is characterized by clumps of pus-filled boils and blisters. If you have any sign that may be linked to MRSA, contact your doctor or a medical professional immediately. If left untreated, MRSA may spread throughout the body and has a tendency to resist many forms of medication.

Preventive Measures

Hospitals and locker rooms are two very common environments in which MRSA develops. Last year, MRSA developed within my local hospital. Ever since I have been extremely cautious, perhaps even paranoid, as to avoid this terrible infection. Some preventive measures include the following:

• Wash your hands and take showers liberally. Obviously you should wash your hands after using
public restrooms, sinks, showers, and public medical facilities. But also make certain to use
sanitizer or anti-bacterial soap after lifting weights, using the gym, or partaking in athletic sports.
Always wash your clothes. One of the easiest ways to acquire staph is by refusing to wash
your clothes. As a high school athlete, I used to hold out from washing my socks, practice
shirts, and pants. NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. Make sure to wash your clothes each
day following physical activity. Dry clothes completely after washing as well, and remove all
moisture before wearing clothes again.

• Never neglect open cuts. Always cover with bandages to prevent germ entrance. Never make
contact with benches in locker rooms, weight rooms, or otherwise. Lay a clean towel between
yourself and adverse surface.

MRSA is Serious


MRSA is not something to play around with. You should never personally attempt to treat MRSA.
Additional information may be attained from your doctor or physician, but outlined in this article are keys to look for and a few steps that can be taken to guard against the infection from ever getting to your body.

Ensure your children, grandchildren, loved ones, and friends are all aware of how MRSA starts and what it can develop into if left untreated.

Joe Baxter worked in medical research for the majority of his life. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling abroad, working in his wood shop and freelance writing about medical news.
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