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Staph Skin Infections – What You Need to Know

Posted Apr 08 2013 8:20am

I don't share. Period. And I don't care if people don't like that about me. We're not talking about food or money but clothes. It's just not a good habit, at least to me.

No, I'm not scared of getting a ringworm infection but it's not something that I particularly enjoy. It's also a reason why I will not touch items that people use for grooming, such as combs, towels and sheets and so on and so forth.

Scarily enough, watching my father who is a diabetic waiting for a foot wound to heal for many months also got me thinking about my feet. I'm not particularly all that obsessed about cleanliness but I most certainly took a lesson or two from that experience.

Taking care of my feet, that is because as it turns out, diabetics with these types of foot wounds are also prone to  staph infections that can range from simple yet manageable symptoms to being life-threatening as well.

Staph Skin Infections, MRSA and the Importance of Its Prevention

While there are several ways by which one can get a skin infection, whether it's due to fungi, bacteria or a virus or worse still, from stings or bites, most of these skin infections are easy to cure.

However, there are others, with one in particular being a staph skin infection caused by the Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) strain known for its resistance to antibiotics namely the penicillins or cephalosporins.

Actually this complication is not due to the strain being deadlier than Staphylococcus Aureus but actually due to the fact that people use too many antibiotics, making it very difficult to be treated as it is resistant to several drugs.

And this is why it is so important for one to be careful about preventing such an infection, especially people with weakened immune systems, invasive devices and open wounds.

Staph Skin Infections – What You Need to Know

In order for you to know how a staph skin infection of the MRSA variety can be prevented, one must first understand how they can get infected.

As mentioned earlier, people who are diabetics, have a weakened immune system or have an open wound are some people who are vulnerable to this type of infection.

Apart from them, drug users, newborn babies, breastfeeding mothers, cancer patients and those with surgical incisions and intravenous catheters are just as vulnerable.

Worse still, this can be transmitted through razors and bandages from a patient's sores or wounds but not through casual contact in the form of hugging and kissing.

With that said, here are a few ways by which one can take clear steps to prevent staph skin infection of both the common and MRSA variety:

#1: Avoid the overuse of antibiotics

#2: Do not touch other people's open wounds or bandages.

#3: Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.

#4: Last but definitely not the least, please avoid sharing clothes, razors, towels and especially undergarments and even if it is with your family members.

In Closing

Have you had an experience with any of staph skin infections ? If so, feel free to share your thought in the comments section below.

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