Can you control MRSA?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Many of us have heard about MRSA, and know it is a type of bacteria that has shown itself to be resistant to many antibiotics. It is found in many different settings and may cause serious health problems if not treated quickly. Anyone is susceptible to getting MRSA. It can be transferred and contracted in crowds, through skin-to-skin contact and by touching surfaces where the virus resides. MRSA is most often spread by coming into contact with someone who has it or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Approximately 5% of patients in U.S. hospitals carry MRSA in their nose or on their skin.

MRSA is the result of decades of often unnecessary antibiotic use. For years, antibiotics have been prescribed for colds, flu and other viral infections that don't respond to these drugs. Even when antibiotics are used appropriately, they contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria because they don't destroy every germ they target. Bacteria live on an evolutionary fast track, so germs that survive treatment with one antibiotic soon learn to resist others.

Covering open wounds and practicing good hygiene is very helpful in preventing the spread of MRSA. Beyond that, keeping your home or business clean and disinfected can substantially lower the risk of MRSA. Yet, what is the best way to do this? Are there products that can effectively kill MRSA and how do you find them?