Sometimes drugs clear your skin infection but a chronic mrsa infection seems to arise. What causes these recurring mrsa reinfections and what can you do?
- The bacteria may have quietly remained in your nose, groin or armpits and infected a new cut or skin weakness. You could be self infecting.
- People also become reinfected in the community via other carriers who have no sign of infection. Between 1-15% of people in your community may be carriers of MRSA
- These silent carriers may include pets, children in day care, friends and sexual partners.
- People with other health challenges may be more vulnerable to reinfection because of a weakened immune system
- Contact with health facilities may have meant that you have visited an infection 'hot zone'
- Reinfected people seem less prone to major MRSA infection according to recent research but can still be quite discomforted by their new infection
People with chronic MRSA infections should look carefully at possible reinfection sources.
Preventing MRSA reinfection
- Regular handwashing and the avoidance of shared towels, clothing etc can also help clear the infection.
- Soaps such as Hibiclens can help clear the bacteria from your skin
- If you have other chronic medical conditions your doctor may be willing to use a nasal cream such as mupirocin (Bactroban) to help remove the bacteria from your nose.
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