What is MRSA?
MRSA is: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
- A type of Bacterium that some antibiotics can't treat
- The infection is known as a "Staph" infection
- A cause of skin infection in the U.S.
- May cause more serious infection, such as pneumonia, or an infection in the blood
Are MRSA infections bad?
Minor staph infections:
- Look like small pimples and boils
- May not need antibiotics
-******Yet, some MRSA infections can be very serious. You may need antibiotics to treat the infection. These infections can be dangerous, too, and even life threatening.
How Are MRSA infections spread?
- Close skin to skin contact
- Skin openings such as cuts of abrasions
- Infected items such as sports gear and clothing
- Poor Hygiene
What do MRSA infections look and feel like?
MRSA infection may look like a pimple or boil. Some people confuse it for a spider or insect bite.
Skin can be:
- Red or Swollen - Painful - May have pus or other drainage
**Only a doctor can test and confirm if you have a MRSA infection**
What can athletes do to prevent MRSA infections?
- Wash your hands very well with soap and water
- Wash you practice/game uniforms after each use
- Do not share your sports gear or personal items (ie towels, washcloths, razors, or uniforms)
- Use a towel or clothing between your skin and shared gear
- Clean your sports gear often
- Tell your Athletic Trainer about all skin wounds
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and bandaged until they heal
- Do not touch other players' wounds or bandages
If you have a MRSA infection:
- Follow your doctor's instructions - Tell your Athletic Trainer and Coach
- Keep the wound covered - Wash hands often
- Do not share gear or personal items
- You will need a note from the doctor before you are allowed to return to your sport
How are MRSA infections treated?
Many people with MRSA are given antibiotics. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, follow the doctor's instructions fully.
What to do if the infection doesn't get better?
If the infection doesn't get better after a few days of treatment, call and/or visit your doctor right away!!!!!!