The Do's and Don'ts of Treating MRSA at Home

May 7th 2016

Home care of MRSA involves not only the patient, but also caregivers and people who reside in the home, to prevent the risk of worsening the condition or spreading the bacterial infection to others. Many patients find that changing harmful lifestyle habits, increasing exercise and an intake of healthy foods help to boost their immune system and fight off the staph bacteria that causes MRSA.

Do: Practice Good Hygiene

Individuals can prevent and treat the spread of MRSA by practicing good hygiene. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds to remove bacteria, and cover all surfaces of the hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Don't: Share Personal Items

Individuals should avoid sharing utensils, cups and clothing to prevent the spread of staph bacteria, especially when a MRSA infection is present. When visiting or working in a health care facility, wear gloves, gowns and masks if a MRSA infection exists to prevent further spreading. People with an existing medical condition should take extra precautions to wash laundry separately, change bedding frequently and bathe regularly to decrease the risk of bacteria spreading to other parts of the body.

Do: Clean Daily

A person diagnosed with MRSA needs to keep the environment clean to prevent worsening the infection. Use a bleach solution or household disinfectant to clean countertops, bathtubs and frequently used surfaces daily. Germs and bacteria spread quickly and the risk of additional symptoms is high, especially when sharing living spaces with other individuals.

Don't: Neglect Skin Sores

Patients with MRSA should change bandages daily, especially if a skin sore or abscess is surgically drained or removed. Wash and dry hands and put on disposable gloves before removing the bandage. Dispose of the bandage and gloves and wash hands again. With a new set of disposable gloves, apply a new bandage on the wound and follow up by washing hands thoroughly after removing the gloves.

Do: Consult With a Physician

People with MRSA need to take precautions at home; however, all types of care and home remedies should be approved by a health care professional specializing in bacterial infections. Patients should not abandon intake of medications or adopt a home or herbal remedy unless the practice is recommended by a physician.

Conclusion

MRSA is a serious staph infection that infects the inside of the body. Common antibiotics are not usually effective in treating this infection because the bacteria becomes resistant to them. People who have existing medical conditions are often more susceptible to MRSA and should take methods to prevent and treat this serious infection. Home remedies can help to minimize the effects of MRSA in addition to medical treatment in consultation with a physician or health care professional.

Sources

Health.State.MN.US "Learning about MRSA: A guide for patients" http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/mrsa/book.html#caing
KidsHealth.org "MRSA" http://kidshealth.org/teen/infections/bacterial_viral/mrsa.html
CDC.gov "Patients and loved ones: Information about MRSA in healthcare settings" http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/healthcare/patient/

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