MRSA is a super-scary, drug-resistant staph infection, and even Peyton Manning suffered, as I reported recently. MRSA is one of the superbugs, which are bacterial infections that have become resistant to our antibiotics.
I just read more scary news: Despite all-out efforts in prevention, superbug infections are still on the rise in Canadian hospitals, according to a Queen's University study that came out Friday.
Here are suggestions from the CDC on what you can do to protect yourself and your family from superbugs.
- Talk to your health care provider about antibiotic resistance.
- Don't demand an antibiotic for a cold or another viral illness if your doctor does not prescribe one. Ask about other ways to help relieve your symptoms.
- If your health care provider does prescribe an antibiotic, be sure that you take the medicine exactly as directed.
- Take ALL of your antibiotic, even if you start feeling better.
- Don't save some of your antibiotic for the next time you get sick.
- Never take antibiotics prescribed for someone else.
But if you're like me, you're more worried about MRSA. Here are more tips on preventing MRSA from Health.com:
- Wash your hands—a lot.
MRSA passes by touch. Use soap and hot water.
- Be on guard at the gym.
Bring your own yoga mat, and wear workout gear that covers your skin.
- Check it out.
Pay attention to pimples or spots that look like spider bites. If they become painful or red, see a your doc—or visit a drop-in clinic or an ER. And don’t be shy about asking about MRSA.
I actually don't use antibactieral gel because I'm so worried about superbugs, though I don't know if that really helps or not. I'll find out soon and post. Meanwhile, how worried are you about this issue?