First - If a family or friend has MRSA - Don’t freak out. Here are some key facts that will help you understand why you need to be vigilant but not afraid
1 It is a harder to treat version of the staph infection that 35% of people in your town are vulnerable to. Many will never suffer an infection
2 But don’t get too relaxed. It can make other illnesses or wounds very complicated and many more people these days are suffering skin infections
3 Avoid sharing household items like towels, combs etc.
4 Wash you hands when you get up, before meals, any time you go to the toilet and last thing at night. These simple actions will lessen the risk a lot.
5 Encourage the MRSA carrier to use antibacterial soap such as Hibiclens and to cover skin infection sites when around family members.
6 If your friend is already ill in hospital make sure you use hand wash on entering and leaving the room where they are to protect yourself and them.
7 MRSA bloodstream infections make life very complicated for those already ill - although 80% recover and many of the others may have died anyway because of their existing condition. It is very human to worry for people suffering in this way but there is still a strong chance of recovery.
Your MRSA Questions Answered
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