How can I prevent getting or spreading MRSA? continued...
If you have an infection with MRSA, you can keep from
spreading the bacteria.
Cover your wound with clean, dry bandages. And
follow your doctor's instructions on caring for your wound.
your hands clean. You, your family, and other people with whom you are in close
contact should wash their hands often with soap and clean, running water or use an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after changing a bandage or touching
Do not share towels, washcloths, razors, clothing, or
other items that may have had contact with your wound or a bandage. Wash your
sheets, towels, and clothes with warm water and detergent and dry them in a hot
dryer, if possible.
Keep your environment clean by wiping all frequently touched
surfaces (such as countertops, doorknobs, and light switches) with a
If you need to go to the hospital for some reason, and you have staph bacteria living on your skin and in your nose, you may be treated to try to prevent getting or spreading a MRSA infection. You may be given an ointment to put on
your skin or inside your nose. And you need to wash your skin daily with a
special soap that can get rid of the bacteria.