Prevention of a staph infection includes:
- Avoid sharing personal items, such as washcloths, towels, razors, and clothing.
- Wash clothes in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water.
- Gently clean the skin every day.
- Avoid skin injuries.
- Do not scratch the skin.
- Clean skin wounds immediately after they happen.
- Clean wounds every day, until they heal.
- Keep wounds covered with a bandage.
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