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How to keep yourself safe from MRSA Practice Good Hygiene

Summary: How to keep yourself safe from MRSA
Practice Good Hygiene
Practice Good Hygiene
Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-
based hand sanitizer.Hand-washing is the best way to avoid spreading germs.
Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage and avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
If you have a wound that you think is a spider bite,or that won't heal or has pus,visit the health center or a doctor
immediately for a diagnosis.
Do not share personal items such as towels,clothes,tweezers or razors.
If you have a private bathroom,clean it often,(minimally 1-2 times per week) using any cleaner labeled as disinfectant
or a 1:10 solution of bleach and water.Professional cleaning techniques or solutions are not necessary.
Keep your environment clean by wiping frequently touched surfaces (such as countertops,doorknobs,computer
keyboards,remote and video game controls and light switches) with a disinfectant.Antibacterial wipes with bleach
work well for this type of cleaning.
If your roommate or someone you know has been diagnosed with MRSA,do not panic.Simply follow the instructions
above,and encourage that person to follow the instructions below.
If you have been diagnosed with a MRSA infection, do not panic, and follow the instructions
below to keep from spreading the bacteria:
Cover your wound with clean,dry bandages and carefully follow your doctor's instructions on caring for your wound.
Keep your hands clean.You,your roomates,and other people with whom you are in close contact should wash their


Source: Azevedo, Ricardo - Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology