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Skin Staph Infection - MRSA


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Defense Soap presents information on staph skin infections especially among wrestlers. Staph infections or MRSA can range from minor bacterial skin disorder to a life-threatening infection. Signs and symptoms of staph infections vary widely, depending on the location and severity of the infection. These bacteria can also be transmitted from person to person, which make athletes from different sports more likely to get this skin problem.

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Skin Staph Infection - MRSA

  1. 1. Skin Staph Infection (MRSA) By:
  2. 2. MRSA FACTS The official name is Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aurous. It is a “Staph” infection “Staph” and “Strep” bacteria often cause skin infections. MRSA is resistant to many of the traditional “Staph” antibiotics
  3. 3. MRSA AND SPORTS Sports who have athletes develop infections include weight lifting, basketball, baseball, canoeing, fencing, football, rugby, running (cross-country), soccer, softball, volleyball, and wrestling.  1993 - 1st case of MRSA in a wrestling team in Vermont  2002 - 03 – MRSA boom!!! -Los Angeles county: athletes & county jail -Colorado, Indiana, and Pennsylvania – fencers, football, & wrestlers  2004 - 05 – high school, college, professional football and basketball
  4. 4. MRSA Typically presents with an abscess May or may not have surrounding cellulitis Athlete may or may not have risk factors for infection
  5. 5. HOW DO MRSA INFECTIONS OCCUR? Touching someone’s MRSA-infected skin Touching surfaces that have MRSA on them, like doorknobs and light switches Sharing personal hygiene items (bar soap, towels, and razors) Overusing antibiotics, stopping them early, or missing doses
  6. 6. HOW IS MRSA PREVENTED? Keep personal items personal, Shower after athletic games or practices, Sanitize linens, Wash your hands, Keep wounds covered.
  7. 7. HOW IS MRSA TREATED? By a healthcare provider who may: Drain the infection and/or Give the correct antibiotic and/or Help reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin.
  8. 8. RECURRENT MRSA INFECTIONS  MRSA skin infections recur at a high rate  Skin surface and fomite colonization appear to be as important as nasal colonization  Tea tree oil-based soap for hygiene is best.
  9. 9. STOP SPREADING MRSA!  Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water  Use 60% alcohol- based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available  Shower immediately after practice and matches  Do not share personal hygiene items (bar soap, towels, razors) or clothing  Wear practice clothes/ uniforms only once, wash with soap and hot water, dry in hot dryer
  10. 10. STOP SPREADING MRSA!  Cover all wounds with a clean, dry bandage taped on all four sides  Avoid contact with other people’s skin infections  Report skin infections to coach/ trainer/ nurse  Clean and disinfect athletic/wrestling gear and practice surfaces (mats, benches, weight lifting equipment) after each use
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