MRSA Staph Infection
What is MRSA Staph Infection?
The MRSA Staph Infection is a type of staph skin infection caused by the Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (or MRSA) bacteria. First noticed in 1961 the MRSA bacteria developed as the commonly found S. Aureus bacteria developed resistance to the antibiotic Methicillin.
Since then the MRSA bacteria has evolved and many of its strains have become resistant to several antibiotics like penicillin, oxacillin, amoxicillin (Amoxil, Dispermox, Trimox), tetracycline (Sumycin), erythromycin (E-Mycin, Eryc, Ery-Tab, PCE, Pediazole, Ilosone), and clindamycin (Cleocin). Because of its resistance to many antibiotics MRSA is also called as the Superbug.
What are the signs and symptoms of MRSA infection?
Like most Staph Infections, the symptoms of MRSA Infection vary from redness of the skin to swelling and collection of pus in the affected areas. This may be accompanied by pain and as the infection becomes severe the patient may suffer from fever.
The collection of pus may be in form of Boils (pus-filled infections of hair follicles), Cellulitis (serious infection of the fat and tissues that lie immediately beneath the skin, usually starting as small red bumps in the skin), Abscesses (collections of pus in under the skin), Sty (infection of eyelid gland), Carbuncles (infections larger than an abscess, usually with several openings to the skin) or Impetigo (a skin infection with pus-filled blisters)
How an MMA Athlete or Other Contact Sport Athlete Prevent MRSA Infections?
Due to the nature of the sport MMA Athletes become more prone to skin diseases including MRSA Staph Infection. Preventing MRSA may seem a daunting task but these simple precautions can help reduce the risk:
- Avoid close contact with skin, clothing, and any items that come in contact with anyone known to have MRSA.
- Cover any skin breaks with band-aids as soon as possible.
- Use excellent hygiene practices
- Hand washing with soap after personal contact or toilet use.
- Wash equipment and clothes after each practice, match or bout.
- Use wipes to both clean hands and surfaces that may contact MRSA.
- Use clean razors.
MRSA Infection Prevention and Treatment with Defense Soap
As fighter you should never sanitize your skin with synthetic chemicals before you train. The bacterium on your skin is your natural protection when you are training. Using products that contain triclosan, alcohol or other chemicals before you train makes you more susceptible to skin infections by killing the protection that nature has provided for you.
The Defense Soap Advantage
Defense Soap does not contain synthetic chemicals. Instead, it is formulated with 100% natural essential oils. These essential oils are known to have very powerful antibacterial, antiviral properties. Yet, they do not destroy all of the skin’s natural bacteria, as chemicals will. The healthy bacteria left behind continue to flourish and allows the skin to continue to protect itself from harmful pathogens.
Secondly, using soap as the delivery method makes perfect sense. Soap can penetrate every part of your body easily, simply, quickly and economically.
Defense Soap also has a line of Defense Wipes that can be used effectively when washing with soap is not possible. Check out the complete range of Hygiene Products from Defense Soap