Keeping Your Family Safe from MRSA

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a potentially life-threatening antibiotic resistant Staph infection. Staph is commonly found on the skin and in the nose. When the MRSA strain of Staph comes into contact with an open sore, that’s when an infection can occur and it can quickly become dangerous. In 2005, nearly 19,000 Americans died from MRSA infections. During the same year, there were 134 cases of MRSA in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.No FreeRide_for MRSA2

MRSA Prevention

There are many ways to prevent the spread of MRSA and protect your family. Good hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of not only MRSA, but many other illnesses as well. When it is not possible to wash hands with soap and water, the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used but always supervise the use of hand sanitizer by children. If you have a cut or abrasion, cover it with a clean, dry bandage until it is healed. Never share any personal items, such as towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc. Wipe down toys, sports equipment, and hard surfaces with a disinfecting bleach solution using 1 tablespoon of bleach per each quart of water. If you or your child plays sports, wash all athletic clothing after each use and clean sports equipment frequently.

MRSA Symptoms

Have a sore that is painful, swollen, red, or draining? Worried it might be MRSA? Take it seriously!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “most MRSA infections are skin infections that may appear as pustules or boils which often are red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. They often first look like spider bites or bumps that are red, swollen, and painful. These skin infections commonly occur at sites of visible skin trauma, such as cuts and abrasions, and areas of the body covered by hair (e.g., back of neck, groin, buttock, armpit, beard area of men).” Not every sore that meets these criteria is a MRSA infection, but if you have these symptoms, it is important to have it evaluated and treated by a doctor.

MRSA Treatment

If you believe you or a loved one may have a MRSA infection, cover the area of infection and seek medical care as soon as possible. If you have been diagnosed with MRSA, follow your physician’s instructions and do not try to treat yourself without medical evaluation and follow-up. Take all medication prescribed by your doctor for the entire duration of the prescription, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. MRSA can worsen and even become deadly if not properly treated.

You can learn more about MRSA and how to prevent it at To hear more MRSA tips from NBA All-Star Grant Hill, who nearly died from a MRSA infection in 2003, check out his interview on the Ask MomRN Show

About the Author

Tamara Walker, R.N., aka “MomRN”, is the mom of two teenagers, a registered nurse, a child safety expert and instructor, and host of the “Ask MomRN Show”. Her passions are to help parents as they navigate the journey through parenthood and to protect children of all ages. Her websites are and MomRN has been a member of the PedSafe Expert team


3 Responses to “Keeping Your Family Safe from MRSA”

  1. Excellent article! I believe that more parents need to become aware of the dangers of MRSA and the symptoms. Thank you for sharing.

    Louise Sattler
    HerInsight Media

  2. Allyn says:

    The ultimate way to fight any kind of infection is to wash your hands properly specially every before meals. You also need not to use expensive soaps but a cheap yet effective germicidal soap is enough. Practice it at home and you’ll see it will reduce the risk of infection.

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