As the rates of Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus (MRSA) increase at a rapid pace, parents need to know how to safeguard their families from this dangerous infection.
It looks innocent enough; like a common skin condition, but MRSA is an infection that can lead to life-threatening blood and bone infections. However, according to health experts, parents should be vigilant over even simple scrapes or cuts to prevent infection.
“MRSA can be a challenge to treat,” said Dr. Paul Spearman, director of infectious disease at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “The organism is resistant to many common antibiotics, but can still be effectively treated if it is recognized. The best treatment is prevention, which simply requires good hygiene.”
Dr. Spearman offers the following tips for parents to help prevent MRSA:
- Wash both hands with soap and water often
- Clean gym and sports equipment before use
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
- Avoid touching other people’s wounds or bandages
- Wash clothes with hot water and laundry detergent
- Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors
MRSA may resemble a spider bite, blister, boil or pimple. It is often red and swollen and may pus or be sore. For children who are exhibiting signs of a skin infection that is not healing with over-the-counter treatment, a trip to your pediatrician's office should be the next step.