Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Recognize and Prevent MRSA Infections
As kids head back to classrooms and sports venues, parents are encouraged to learn how to recognize and prevent skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics.
It is estimated that Americans of all ages visit the doctor more than 12 million times per year for skin infection tt are typical of staph, more than half of which are MRSA. The good news is that a few simple steps can help parents protect their families.
MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. As with regular staph infections, recognizing the signs and receiving treatment for MRSA skin infections in the early stages reduces the chances of the infection becoming severe. MRSA is spread by:
Having direct contact with another person’s infection Sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin Touching surfaces or items, such as used bandages, contaminated with MRSA Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Infections
Most staph skin infections, including MRSA, appear as a bump or infected area on the skin that may be:
Red Swollen Painful Warm to the touch Full of pus or other drainage Accompanied by a fever Take Action if You Suspect an MRSA Skin Infection
Cover the area with a bandage and contact your healthcare professional. It’s especially important to contact your healthcare professional if signs and symptoms of an MRSA skin infection are accompanied by a fever.
Protect Yourself and Your Family from MRSA Skin Infections Know the signs of MRSA skin infections and get treated early Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered Encourage good hygiene such as cleaning hands regularly Discourage sharing of personal items such as towels and razors