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Prevention for Pennies a day …

 

Learn how Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™ lotion can help prevent MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) related skin infections, and other common types of bacterial or fungal infections.

 

 


 

 

What is MRSA?

 

MRSA is a common type of bacteria that normally live on the skin and sometimes in the nasal passages of healthy people. MRSA refers to strains that do not respond to some of the antibiotics used to treat staph infections. MRSA bacteria can cause infection when they enter the body through a cut, sore, or breathing tube. The infection can be minor and local (eg., a pimple), or more serious (involving the heart, lung, blood, or bone). People with weaker immune systems or chronic conditions are at greater risk for serious staph infections like MRSA. There are two types of MRSA: Healthcare-acquired (infections occurring in those who work in or have recently been in a hospital or a healthcare facility) and community-acquired (infections occurring in healthy individuals who have not been in hospital or healthcare facilities, specifically sports players, daycare children, military members, prisoners, those living in close contact with food-producing animals, and those receiving tattoos). For further information on MRSA, talk with your healthcare provider.


Treat & cover wounds

 

 

 

 

Any open wound is a potential entry point for MRSA, bacteria, germs, and fungus. Treat wounds with Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™ lotion to kill germs that may cause infection and keep them covered for protection. Avoid using unnecessary antibiotics as well, to prevent antibiotic resistence.

 

 

Don't share personal items

 

 

 

 

Germs can live on clothing and sports equipment for over 24 hours. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors, soap, uniforms, shoes, and any sports equipment that directly touches your body. Apply Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™ lotion prior to games or events and afterwards, to help prevent infections and cross-contamination.

 

 

Practice Good Personal Hygiene

 

 

 

 

If you participate in sports, shower after each event with soap or cleanser, and dry thoroughly before dressing. Close skin-to-skin contact is one of the main ways MRSA is being spread among athletes. Use Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™ lotion before playing sports, putting equipment on, and apply it afterwards to maintain the antibacterial barrier. Also, try applying Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™lotion to your feet before stepping into a public shower, to help prevent athlete's foot and other common fungal infections.

 

 

 

Properly clean gear & equipment

 

 

 

 

Germs can live on athletic mats, gym equipment, sports equipment and clothing. Clean and disinfect all objects before and after use, especially if it's shared. Applying Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™ lotion prior to games and afterwards can help prevent infection to yourself and others.

 

 

 

Keep hands clean & Healthy

 

 

 

 

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself is to wash your hands thoroughly, and often. Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™ lotion can be applied every 4 hours for antibacterial protection, and every 6 hours for protection against chemicals, detergents, and solvents. Consult your physician for any deep gashes or cuts, and if any wound does not heal in an appropriate amount of time. Be sure to appropriately cover and treat any cuts, abrasions, or wounds to help prevent infection. Bio-Safe® Skin Shield™ lotion may be applied to minor cuts, scrapes and abrasions to form an invisible bandage, protecting the area from bacteria and germs.

 

 

If you think you have an infection, visit a healthcare provider immediately

 

 

 

 

Staph bacteria, including MRSA, can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple, boil or ingrown hair and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus and other drainage. Serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, kidney failure, or even death. In order to determine if an infection is MRSA, it must be cultured by a physician. MRSA infections are growing increasingly difficult to treat effectively and are highly contagious. To prevent the spread of the infection to other parts of your own body and to others, be sure to see a healthcare provider immediately for diagnosis and care.
 
If you have an MRSA or staph infection, you need to do the following to protect yourself and others: Cover your wound(s) with clean, dry bandages, take all antibiotics until finished, and follow your healthcare provider's instructions on how to care for the wound(s). Drainage (pus) from sores can spread bacteria to other body parts and/or other people you come in contact with. Be sure also to wash your hands frequently, and do not share any personal items with others, specifically anything that has come into contact with any infected wounds.

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