MRSA is an acronym for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. This means that it is a strain of the staphylococcus virus that has become resistant to methicillin – a medication often used to treat it thus meaning that the condition is very hard to combat. It is highly prevalent in hospitals due to the fact that they have such high concentrations of people in the same room, who have open wounds and low immune systems.
The staphylococcus virus is thought to exist on the skin of roughly 30% of healthy adults without causing any harm. It is when it comes into contact with broken skin or open wounds however that it can cause a range of skin and tissue infections such as cellulitis. The staphylococcus virus can exist on surfaces and can also be air born.
As such it is very important to prevent the spread of the staphylococcus virus and to make sure that you disinfect all surfaces and sanitize your hands thoroughly. Here we will look at some more methods you can use to prevent the spread of the staphy virus.
Wash Hands: The first and most simple way to prevent the spread of the staphylococcus virus is to regularly wash your hands to prevent yourself from transferring the virus from various items around your home. At the same time it’s important to get everyone else in your home to do likewise. It is a good idea to use an anti bacterial soap that will be particularly efficient for removing germs.
Clean Facets and Toilet Handles: It is very important that you clean the facets and toilet hands regularly as people will tend to touch these before and after washing their hands. This way they might transfer the bacteria to the facets only to pick it up again after washing.
Clean Door Handles: Another important area to regularly disinfect is door handles as they are something that many people in your home will regularly touch.
Wash Exercise Equipment: Exercise equipment and gyms in particular are a very common place to pick up bacteria, and it is therefore particularly important to wash these frequently.
Wear Gloves: For jobs and tasks where you will be touching dirty areas that haven’t been disinfected it is very important to wear gloves that can be washed or disposed of. It is particularly important of course in health care for medical professionals to use disposable gloves for this reason.
Wash Clothes and Bed Clothes: It is important to regularly change your clothes, and also to change your bedclothes whenever another person is going to sleep in them.
Use an Air Cleaner or Air Conditioner: In settings that require complete sterility (such as operating theatres) hospitals can use air cleaners that incorporate a disinfectant in order to disinfect the very air. While you won’t be able to go to these lengths in your own home, you can nevertheless use a normal air cleaner to help remove dust, dirt and bacteria from the atmosphere.
Cleanse Surfaces: Any surface can provide a place for the staphy virus to survive and a particular area for concern is kitchens. Be sure to use a sanitizing spray and to regularly rub down any such surfaces.
Treat Wounds Carefully: The MRSA virus only becomes a problem when the staphy virus comes into contact with open wounds. As such it is very important to ensure that you do not get the bacteria in any such wounds. Be sure to disinfect injuries regularly with a disinfectant cream, or with a saline solution.
Don’t Touch Your Own Wounds: If you have a cut or broken skin then you should avoid touching or itching it, which can transfer bacteria from your hands onto the cut. Instead, once your cut is dressed, avoid touching it from then onwards.