How to Prevent Staph Infections
Most people generally carry staph bacteria but never become sick. However, if the skin is compromised due to injury, the bacteria can penetrate the wound and cause infection.
No potent vaccine has yet been developed to prevent the staph infection. However, there are some simple tips that can help you prevent staph infection.
Symptoms of Staph Infections
Staph Infection Symptom MRSA Infection
Well, a staph infection begins as a raised, red bump which is painful and looks sort of like a spider bite. Other symptoms of staph infection that may indicate towards this infection include:
• Warm to the touch
• Pus formation
The bumps can lead to deep, painful abscesses that may need to be removed surgically. The bacteria is one annoying case that must be addressed before it turns serious. In some cases, the bacteria remain confined to the surface but it may move deep into the body infecting bones, joints, bloodstream, surgical wounds, heart valves, and even the lungs.
MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is one of a kind. Treating due to its resistance against commonly used antibiotics is difficult. The symptoms of MRSA depend on the area that’s affected. Generally, though MRSA causes mild boils and sores which may eventually turn life-threatening, if not treated in time.
How a Wrestler or Other Contact Sports Athlete Can Prevent Staph Infections
Wrestlers and other contact sports athletes carry a higher risk of contacting staph infections and hence need to take extra care of their skin. Here are a few simple ways of protecting yourself from the staph infection of skin:
- Wash your hands. Good hygiene is a crucial factor in preventing staph infections. Wrestlers, Athletes, or anyone who comes in close contact with other people ought to wash their hands on a regular basis with an antibacterial soap for staph infections. Before each meal, or after shaking someone's hand, wash your hands with warm soapy water.
- Stay away from open wounds. Staph infections occur when the Staphylococcus bacteria enters a wound. Touching another person's open wound puts you at risk.
- Cover cuts. Cover the wounds, open cuts or injuries with a bandage. Staph infection can easily transfer from person-to-person. Thus, someone with an open cut can transmit the bacteria to a variety of surfaces (doorknobs, telephones, etc.).
- Use clean razors. Some people habitually share razors or combs. That is a no-no. Since a person can unknowingly carry the bacterium that causes staph infection, using another person's comb, brush, towel, or razor can increase your risk of infection. Plus, razor cuts are frequent. It only takes a small nick or cut to transmit the bacteria.
- Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day. The best way to flush or rid the body of disease-causing bacteria is to drink plenty of fluids. Ideally, each person should consume at least eight glasses of water daily. That will decrease your risk of developing a staph infection and improve your overall health.