How Does A Person Get MRSA? | 5 Ways A Person Can Catch MRSA

How does a person get MRSA? 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a community-associated infection caused by touching the infected people, bacteria, contaminated wounds, sharing objects, and touching infected skin.

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Causative factors

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that usually comes into contact with the skin or nostrils of healthy people. Healthy individuals come into contact with the bacterium without showing signs or symptoms of infection.

Nevertheless, bacteria can sometimes cause skin infections, wounds, urinary tract, lungs, bloodstream, and food poisoning.

Most s. aureus infections can be treated effectively by antibiotics.

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What is ''Community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA)'' infection?

Occasionally, infection due to MRSA can occur in community-dwelling individuals who have not been hospitalized, have not lived in residential care homes, or have received medical procedures within a year before symptom onset. This is known as community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infection.

Signs and symptoms of MRSA

  • MRSA commonly causes skin infections such as pimples, swellings, wound infection.
  • Abscess pus formation blood infection, lung infection, or necrotizing fasciitis can make the outcome more serious.

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Mode of transmission

The main mode of transmission is direct contact with wounds, leaks, and soiled areas. Other risk factors include close contact, wounds or breakage of the skin due to permanent catheters, lack of personal hygiene, and living in crowded conditions

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5 ways a person can catch MRSA

  • Touching the infected wound and skin with MRSA sharing personal items such as towels, wash clothes, public phones, doorknobs.
  • MRSA bacteria on the surface and touching with contaminated hands-on eyes, nose, and open cuts.

Management

A person with a wound infection should seek advice from a healthcare professional to properly treat the infection. Inflammation or abscess may require incision and drainage, while antibiotics may be prescribed if indicated.

Maintain personal hygiene

  • Wash hands properly before touching the mouth, nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • Hand washes after coughing and sneezing.
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then dry with a disposable paper towel or hand dryer.

Proper wound management

  • Avoid direct contact with dirty clothing or wounds from the discharge of wounds.
  • Clean the cracked skin immediately and cover it properly with an adhesive waterproof bandage.
  • Consult a doctor immediately if symptoms of infection develop.
  • If your wound is open, avoid contact sports and public bathrooms.

Safe use of antibiotics

  • Do not ask your doctor for antibiotics.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice when taking antibiotics.
  • Do not take leftover antibiotics.
  • Do not share your antibiotics with others.

Maintain good environmental hygiene

Keep the environment clean; regularly disinfect disposable items in public places like sports centers and public bathrooms.

MRSA can be spread to family members through contaminated household items. Therefore, it is very important to keep the house clean and dust-free. Frequently touched surfaces (such as toilet seats, bathrooms), children’s toys, and bed linen should be washed, cleaned, and disinfected regularly (with diluted household bleach). 

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