Practice Good Hygiene
To prevent MRSA skin infections, practice good hygiene such as:
- Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wash any cut or break in the skin with soap and water and apply a clean bandage daily.
- Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
What to Do if You Have Symptoms
If you have symptoms of MRSA, see your doctor and do the following:
- Keep draining wounds clean and covered.
- Wash your hands and forearms before and after caring for the wound and frequently throughout the day. Use soap and warm water for 15 seconds and dry your hands on a clean towel or paper towel.
- Take all antibiotics as prescribed.
- Report new skin sores or boils to your doctor immediately.