Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that have been resistant for decades in hospitals and health centers have been a problem. Recently, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a problem for student-athletes who would otherwise become healthy. The child is in danger! (Type 2 diabetes increases: roaming child in danger?) What do you do to protect yourself from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection?
What is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ) is a type of staphylococcal bacteria that has become resistant to the effects of many common antibiotics. This means that antibiotics that used to kill bacteria, such as methicillin, no longer work.
This makes SARMsToday rather more tough to treat.
The MRSA first appeared in hospitals, which often caused serious infections in the bloodstream in people with other diseases and conditions. There are now varieties of MRSA that occur in non-hospital settings. These infections usually affect the skin of people who would otherwise be healthy, such as student-athletes.
What does an MRSA infection look like?
An MRSA skin infection resembles a boil, a pimple or a spider bite that can:
- Be red
- Warm to the touch
- Full of pus or liquid
- Accompanied by fever
These infections occur most commonly in places where the skin has been broken by cuts or scratches, or in areas of skin covered by hair, for example:
- Back of neck
How is SARM transmitted?
The Staphylococcus resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is spread by:
- Skin to skin contact. The MRSA can be transmitted from one person to another through the skin to skin contact.
Although MRSA skin infections will seem in participants of the many varieties of sports, they are much more likely to appear in contact sports, such as football, wrestling, and rugby.
- Touch contaminated objects. If the drainage of an MRSA skin infection comes into contact with an object, such as a towel, weight training equipment, or a bottle of shared ointment, the next person who touches that object may become infected with the MRSA bacteria.
What can schools do to prevent MRSA infections?
Sports teams and changing rooms should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. There is no evidence that spraying or filling rooms or surfaces with disinfectants yield better results than focusing on the surfaces that are most frequently touched, such as wrestling mats, weight training equipment and changing room benches.
Schools, instructors, and coaches can also do the following:
- Teach student-athletes how to prevent skin infections, such as MRSA infection
- Encourage student-athletes to maintain proper hygiene
- Encourage student-athletes to report any suspicious skin infection to the coach
- Refer students who have a suspicious skin infection to a doctor
What can athletes do to prevent MRSA infections?
To help stop the unfold of MRSA infections :
- Wash your hands. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant. Wash your hands before and after sports, use shared weight equipment and change a bandage on a wound.
- Take showers Bathe immediately after exercise. Do not share items that touch your bare skin, such as bar soap, razors or towels.
- Use barriers. Cover cuts and scrapes with a bandage to prevent germs from entering. Place a towel that acts as a barrier between your skin and the benches in weight rooms, locker rooms, saunas, and steam rooms.
- Wash your clothes and equipment. Follow the washing instructions for your clothes, uniform, and training equipment. Dry clothes completely in a dryer. Wash your clothes and training uniform after each use.
If you have got a skin infection, what should you do?
Cover the infected area with a clean and dry bandage. Then, go to see your doctor. Do not try to cure a skin infection yourself.
It is difficult to differentiate between a skin infection caused by MRSA and a skin infection caused by another type of bacteria. Your doctor may ask for laboratory tests to determine what type of bacterial infection you have.
How are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus cutaneous infections (MRSA) treated?
Minor MRSA skin infections usually heal after the doctor drains them. If the infection does not heal well or gets worse, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics that are still effective against MRSA.
If the infection is severe, you’ll have to be compelled to be hospitalized.
In rare cases, MRSA infections can be life-threatening.
While the skin infection is healing, keep it covered with a clean, dry bandage at all times. To avoid spreading MRSA to others, wash your hands often, especially after changing the bandage or touching the infection. Do not share clothes, towels or hygiene products with anyone else. Do not use whirlpools, therapy pools or pools until the infection has completely healed.
When can an athlete play again?
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recommends examining skin infections to detect MRSA, and that an athlete who has MRSA should not return to play until:
- The wound secretion has stopped
- No new lesions have developed in the last 48 hours
Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on the Guardian’s Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org