What All Parents Should Have in Their Medicine Cabinets
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Author: ARA(ARA) -If you haven't heard of MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), there is no doubt that it will become part of your vocabulary in the near future. MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that has grown resistant to common antibiotics; this includes the triple antibiotic ointments that parents have used to treat cuts and scrapes for years. These opportunistic bacteria cause severe, and potentially deadly, staph infections when an opportunity like broken skin or a weakened immune system presents itself.
Historically, staph infections occurred among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities but now they are rapidly spreading into the general population and are easily spread from person to person. This trend is causing alarm among experts and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
According to the CDC, "The increasing frequency of antimicrobial resistance among infectious organisms is of great concern to both medical providers and the general public." Experts outside the CDC also agree that parents need to be alerted to this potentially devastating threat.
"It's very clear we are in the middle of a MRSA epidemic now," says Dr. Robert Daum, professor of pediatrics at Chicago's Children's Hospital. "Both in our emergency room and our inpatient service, we are admitting patients by the flocks with this."
MRSA can be picked up just about anywhere, from schools and workplaces to your own kitchen or bathroom. Any open wound, even a scraped knee or a minor cut, is susceptible to infection. Kids playing sports are at greater risk because they share equipment and have skin contact, which are both common causes of infection. A new product by Tec Labs gives parents a different way to treat cuts, scrapes and abrasions. StaphAseptic prevents infection, without antibiotics, by killing over 99.9 percent of MRSA.
MRSA can cause skin infections that may look like a spider bite or boil and can be red, swollen and painful or have pus. If left untreated, they can become deadly. If you think you have MRSA, see your doctor immediately.
The best way to prevent MRSA skin infections is to practice good hygiene.
* Keep your hands clean
* Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages, and avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
* Properly clean sports gear and equipment
* Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
StaphAseptic is the only wound care treatment available over-the-counter for MRSA prevention. For more information on MRSA and a free sample packet of StaphAseptic, visit www.staphAseptic.com or call (800) 482-4464 for a free brochure.
Courtesy of ARA Content
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