Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment Home Care pain and fever adults pain and fever children warning signs Prevention Complications Underlying Cause Types MRSA

MRSA Prevention

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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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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