With the school season being back in full swing, so follows the bacteria. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is often found in children public settings, such as parks and schools. Staph bacterium that is often found in schools is more treatable than bacteria found in confined places such as hospitals or sanitized work environments.
Although 40% of individuals carry some type of staph bacterium in their noses, it is also capable of being spread through everyday adolescent activities. MRSA is a form of bacteria, therefore it is not only limited to those with weak immune systems, but rather anyone that has the ability to obtain it either via skin or nasal. The most common reason for spread is sharing of sports jerseys, helmets, towels and bedding. The ability to eliminate the skin infection helps defeat the bacteria greatly.
Some easy advice given by WebMD in treating MRSA in children is to:
- Teach your children to wash their hands for at least 15 seconds, after playing with children and pets.
- Teach your children not to share towels, uniforms, or any other items that come in contact with bare skin.
- Keep cuts or broken skin clean and covered with dry bandages until healed.
- Protect against sunburn and bug bites.
- Have your children use alcohol-based hand sanitizers or wipes when washing isn’t possible.
- If your child has dry skin, eczema, or a skin condition, use creams and moisturizers as directed by the doctor.
Even though the bacterium is not easily detected, it is best to visit your local FastMed Urgent Care clinic to be seen by a licensed professional. The ability to detect the bacterium before spreading is essential in eliminating any future problems.