MRSA – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Staph bacteria can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple, boil or ingrown hair and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus and other drainage.Serious staph infections, although rare, may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections or even death. An MRSA staph infection that goes untreated will kill you. Even with treatment, there is a 30% chance you will die from the infection if not treated quickly.
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MRSA is (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat staph infections in humans. Community acquired MRSA is a drug resistant staph infection that is caught somewhere other than in a hospital setting.
In order to determine if an infection is MRSA, it must be cultured by a physician.
STAPH INFECTION PREVENTION
* Keep your hands clean. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself is to wash your hands. [einset][/einset]Wash with soap and water. Proper washing technique is to scrub aggressively for 30 seconds or more. Anti-bacterial soaps offer no more cleaning power than other soaps. The time spent washing is more important. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to wash hands if hand-washing facilities are not available.
* Germs can live on clothing and gear for over 24 hours. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors, soap, uniforms and any sports equipment that directly touches your body. Towels should be used once and laundered.
* Clothing should be washed after each practice. Wash with hot water and laundry detergent. Drying clothes on the hottest setting on your dryer, rather than air-drying, also helps kill bacteria in clothes. If aundry is sent home, it should be in an impervious container or plastic bag for transporting home.
* Mats and equipment should be cleaned immediately after use. Clean using a 1:100 bleach-water solution (1 tablespoon bleach in one quart of water) or phenol-containing product such as Lysol or Pinesol. A phenol-containing spray can also be used to disinfect any cloth or upholstered surface.
* Any open wound, even a scratch or scrape, is a potential entry point for staph. Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered with proper dressings until healed. During athletic contests, the wound should be properly cleaned and covered.
* Avoid contact with another person’s wounds or any material that may have been contaminated from the wound.
* Shower with soap after athletic practices and games. Close skin-to-skin contact is one of the main ways staph is being spread among athletes.
Worried about getting a staph infection? Remember the Five C’s of infection transmission
Staph infections can occur anywhere, settings that have the “5 C” factors make it more easily transmittable:
Frequent Skin-to-Skin Contact,
Compromised Skin (abrasions or cuts),
Contaminated Items and surfaces, and
Lack of Cleanliness.
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