Any open wound is a potential entry point for staph bacteria. If appropriate, treat wounds with antibiotic creams, ointments or sprays to kill germs that can cause infections and keep them covered for protection. Cover wounds with clean, dry bandages and follow your healthcare provider’s instructions on how to care for your wound. Pus exuded from sores can spread bacteria to other body parts or other people, so avoid touching the affected area.
Anything that has touched an infected area of skin is contaminated and poses a health risk. If you have an infected wound, launder clothing and sheets with detergent and hot water, add bleach if appropriate, and place in a dryer using a hot setting.
Wash your hands frequently. Hand washing is the best defense for reducing your risk of infection. Thoroughly lather hands with soap, rubbing for at least 15 seconds, then dry with a single-use paper towel. Cleanse with anti-bacterial hand sanitizers whenever washing is not convenient.
Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, soap, sports equipment, razors, clothing or any object that may have had contact with the infected wound or bandage.
If you participate in sports, shower following each event. Skin-to-skin contact is one of the primary ways MRSA is being spread among athletes. Launder all uniforms or active wear after each use.
Reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome by frequently changing tampons at lease every 4-6 hours. Try to alternate the use of tampons and sanitary napkins.