Seeing as one in every fifty people currently carry MRSA in their nose, its ubiquity is obvious. Understanding the dangers of MRSA is very important so you can respond to it correctly. If you do not yet know how to do this, read on.
This article will discuss the basics of MRSA, staph infections, and how to deal with them so you and your workforce can remain safe. By the end of this article, you will understand the dangers of staph contamination and also know how to handle staph infection cleaning.
What Is a Staph Infection?
A staph infection is a very common type of disease. It is caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus that is often carried on the skin and is even found inside the nose of even healthy adults. Up to thirty percent of people hosting staph bacteria upon their bodies, although are not suffering from any symptoms.
If the bacteria enter the body, such as from a cut, a staph infection then occurs and can cause problems. This can be anything from a very small area of sensitivity, up to a major illness if the person has a particularly weak immune system.
What is MRSA?
Earlier in history, staph infections were treatable with the use of antibiotics such as penicillin. Over time, though antibiotic-resistant strains have started to evolve. This is through a mix of the widespread use of antibiotics as well as its misuse by non-medical individuals.
MRSA (pronounced “Mursa”) stands for “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus“. It continues to be a significant danger in many hospitals and causes problems following many major treatments.
What Is MRSA Spread Through?
It is very easy to spread MRSA due to its ability to live on human skin. This is especially true as you will not have any symptoms while it remains there.
Due to this, any kind of physical contact can spread MRSA from one person to another. It can also spread from a person to a surface, or from that surface to another person. This means that sites of regular contact, such as a shared telephone or door handle, can be hotspots for MRSA spread.
What Are the Dangers of MRSA?
There are two significant dangers of MRSA. The first is the harm it can do to the body, and the second is its resistance to antibiotics.
If someone receives an MRSA infection, they may start with a small raised area of redness around a cut on the body. Over time, this area may start to become tender to the touch and swell up. It may even start to ooze with pus due to the body fighting the infection.
MRSA may even travel throughout the body if the infection enters the patient’s bloodstream. This can lead to it attacking any other part of the body. Infections around heart valves, bones, or joints are common, as well as around artificial products in the body such as pacemakers.
How Can You Treat MRSA?
If you have an MRSA infection, you will likely receive antibiotics. The exact form this takes will depend on the strain of MRSA detected, as some are more resistant than others.
You will have to take these antibiotics for up to ten days to ensure the infection is gone for good. It continues to work even after your body stops showing symptoms, and stopping the course will only allow the infection to return.
Treatment may sometimes also include cleanup of the affected area on the body or in the home. This may include ointments, soaps, or other methods of cleanup, although these are unlikely to aid with the situation in the body.
If you are in a hospital with MRSA, the course of treatment will likely be intravenous instead of oral. This may continue after leaving the hospital and could continue for up to two months.
Like the prescribed home treatment, you may receive treatment with ointments or soap in the hospital. This can prevent re-infection and further spread of the bacteria.
How to Cleanup MRSA?
There are many locations where MRSA can live. This includes both the human body and the environment. MRSA cleanup is very similar to the cleanup of many other infectious diseases, here are some tips on how to do so yourself:
MRSA Contamination On the Body
You should wash the surface of the body with soap and water. If only specific locations are affected such as hands, you can wash these alone. But you should remember that people often touch their face and body without thinking, so being thorough is often safer.
If you do not have soap and water available, you can use hand sanitizers. You can use either wipes or liquids, but either way, you should use them until your hands are completely dry. Also, these are not preferable to soap and water.
MRSA Contamination In the Environment
The best way to get rid of MRSA in an environment is through the use of disinfectants or antimicrobial cleaners. You should use these on all surfaces, especially shared locations that are often touched. These cleaners should be able to reduce or destroy bacteria such as MRSA in the environment.
For other, regularly-used, locations, you should look into making use of alcohol-based solutions or wipes. People using those locations can use these to ensure community cleanliness and prevent the spread of MRSA.
Where Can I Learn More?
You now have a much better idea of what the dangers of MRSA are and what they can do to the body. You should also now know what causes the spread of this disease and how to fight back against it.
Check out these resources to stop the spread of MRSA:
If you still have questions about MRSA cleanup, though, our team is well-trained and will be able to answer any questions you have. If you want to learn more about either MRSA or how to decontaminate a location, pick up the phone and give us a call. We will be able to give you the information you need and discuss with you our services.