This information is provided as a courtesy of the City of Carlsbad Fire Department.
For more information about CA-MRSA, visit www.cdc.gov/drugresistance
CA-MRSA stands for Community-Associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staph or CA-MRSA infections seen in the community usually look like skin infections, such as pimples and boils and may be mistaken for spider bites.
Methicillin is a form of Penicillin (an antibiotic) used to treat infections. Staphylococcus aureus is a germ that is commonly found in the nose and on the skin. The germ can be transferred to other parts of the body. Sometimes this germ becomes strong enough to resists the treatment of antibiotics, including Penicillin and Methicillin.
A few simple steps can help reduce the chance of contracting CA-MRSA.
Good personal hygiene
Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer .
Do not share personal items, like towels, soap, wash clothes, razors, makeup or clothing.
Seek care immediately at the first signs of infection (red, swollen, painful, warm or puss-filled wounds).
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with dressings.
- Follow healthcare providers' instructions on proper wound care.
- Dispose of used bandages.
- Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
Wash clothes, towels and sheets at the hottest suitable temperature. Items should be dried in the dryer at the hottest suitable temperature.
Clean and disinfect high-touch or soiled surfaces frequently.
- Touching contaminated items or surfaces
- Skin-to-skin contact
- Crowded conditions, like gyms or play areas
- Improper hygiene
- Skin abrasions and cuts
Reduce chances of contracting CA-MRSA by doing a few simple things while at the gym, playground or other public place.
- Do not share gym towels.
- Keep wounds covered while visiting the gym or recreation facility.
- Shower with soap and water after workouts, practices or competitions.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently.
- Wipe down shared workout equipment, like mats or stationary bikes, with disinfectant prior to using, if possible.