Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a “staph” infection. Everyone has bacteria on their skin and in their noses. Some bacteria can cause an infection if there is a break in the skin. Staph bacteria are among the most common causes of skin infections. In the past, most staph infections were treated with antibiotics related to penicillin. The staph infection related with MRSA is resistant to many of the “usual” antibiotics. Many times the first sign is an infected boil or red raised area that are often mistaken for a spider bite. MRSA is spread by contact with infected skin or a contaminated object.
*Sharing items like towels, razors, sports equipment that may have bacteria on them.
*Having an active skin infection
*Getting a tattoo at an unlicensed place
*Close contact with others who have MRSA germs growing on their skin (such as a locker room)
*Hospitalization may increase your susceptibility to getting MRSA
*Another family member with MRSA
*Many staph infections may be treated with certain antibiotics. If the doctor prescribes an antibiotic, it is very important to take all the medication as prescribed. Call the doctor if anyone has a painful sore, lesion, or boil type sore.
*If an ointment is prescribed, apply to all skin sores, even tiny ones
*Your child should not participate in sports until the infection is healed.