MRSA is the acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Under normal circumstances, staph bacteria exist on the skin and in the noses of many people without causing an infection. However, if the microbes enter the body through an open wound and journey through the bloodstream to other internal locations, an infection develops. Typical Staphylococcus aureus infections are easily remedied using a number of antibiotics. However, MRSA is a mutation, which makes it more challenging to treat. But when Albuquerque caregivers know more about it, they can help prevent it.

Cause of Resistance

For many decades, people unnecessarily received antibiotics for viral infections, which are unaffected by medications. Physicians also used to prescribe the same antimicrobials despite the fact that each formula is only effective against a limited number of bacteria types. These actions allowed normal Staphylococcus bacteria to survive and become stronger by changing their chemical structure. 

Risk Factors

Individuals acquire MRSA bacteria in community or hospital settings. Within the community or public settings, individuals might acquire MRSA if open wounds come in contact with another person carrying the bacteria. Frequenting or living in facilities with large groups of people increases the chances of coming in contact with these microorganisms. These locations include childcare centers, fitness centers and long-term care facilities. 

Seniors with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infections including MRSA. Other situations that pose a risk include coming in contact with an infected individual while using an indwelling catheter, intravenous tubing or undergoing invasive procedures. 

Preventative Measures

Seniors and others can protect themselves from acquiring the bacteria by regularly washing their hands. Keep fingernails short to prevent bacteria from accumulating underneath them. Do not share cosmetics or personal hygiene items. Avoid using unwashed towels formerly used by another person. If your loved one has an open sound, keep the area clean and covered to prevent contamination. If a physician prescribes an antibiotic, have your loved one take the entire medication for the length of time recommended. 

Hygiene, diet, and exercise are key components in keeping your loved one free of illnesses like MRSA. To learn more about disease prevention, call Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque at 505-798-0800 today. We are a trusted provider of home care Albuquerque that encourages seniors to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and maintain personal hygiene in order to boost physical and emotional wellbeing. Remember to schedule a free consultation when you call today.

Published On: August 10th, 2016 / Categories: Senior Health /