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What is MRSA?

Learn what the MRSA infection is, how it spreads, how you can avoid catching it, and what to do once you have it.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD,
June 26, 2013
Episode #098

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What to Do Once You Have MRSA?

Besides frequent hand-washing and protecting your loved ones from contracting it via skin-to-skin contact, there are some things you can do to keep this bacteria at bay:

  • Tell all your healthcare providers about your MRSA. They may wear gloves or wash their hands and take special precautions to prevent its spread to others.

  • See your doctor as soon as you notice any skin infection. If you take antibiotics as soon as symptoms develop, you can prevent it from getting bigger.

  • Use your own separate towels at home.

  • When washing your hands, rub soap and water for at least 15 seconds, and rinse with warm water. Turn the faucet on and off using a paper towel. 

  • Carry your own alcohol-based hand-gel and make sure it’s at least 60% alcohol.

  • Disinfect any gym equipment before and after you use it.

  • Shower daily using “hexachlorophene” soap everywhere, including the nostrils. You do not need to wash any mucus membranes, such as your mouth or inside the genital area.

  • Then apply bacitracin ointment on a Q-tip about 1 cm inside the nostrils and anus once a day for 3 months.

  • After 3 months, use the hexachlorophene soap 6 days a week for one month, then 5 days a week for one month, then 4 days a week for one month, etc. until you are down to once a week – as long as the skin infections don’t recur. The bacitracin should be used for life to keep the bacteria in check, however.

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

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