Can athletes prevent getting MRSA? How?
Adopting a few of these healthy habits can help you in preventing MRSA:
• Maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Wash your body after training, never right before.
• Clean and cover all cuts scrapes burns and wounds until healed.
• Don’t share personal items such as, mouthpieces, headgear, towels and razors, shoes, pillows etc.
• Seek medical care if you think you might have an infection. The earlier the better.
Here are some more tips to prevent spreading MRSA
- Cover all open cuts abrasions and wounds. Keep them covered, clean and dry until healed. Pus from infected wounds can contain MRSA. Follow doctor’s instructions about proper care.
- Do not itch. Do not pick, pop or open wounds by yourself.
- Clean your hands often. You, your family, and others in close contact with the infection should wash their hands often with soap and water. Wash your hands especially after changing bandages or after contact with the wound.
- Do not share personal items. Personal items include towels, braces, headgear, washcloths, razors and clothing including uniforms.
- Wash used sheets, towels, and clothes with hot water and laundry detergent. Use a dryer to dry them completely.
- Wash clothes according to manufacturer’s instructions on the label. Clean your hands after touching dirty clothes.