Preventing Staph Infection
- Keep your hands clean by washing them thoroughly with soap and water.
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with bandages until they heal.
- Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
- Do not share personal items such as towels, clothing, or cosmetics.
How can you prevent getting a staph infection?
These commonsense precautions can help lower your risk of developing staph infections:
- Wash your hands. Careful hand-washing is your best defense against germs.
- Keep wounds covered.
- Reduce tampon risks.
- Keep personal items personal.
- Wash clothing and bedding in hot water.
- Take food safety precautions.
Why do I get recurring staph infections?
What may appear to be recurrent staph infections may in fact be due to failure to eradicate the original staph infection. Recurrent staph infections can also be due to seeding of staph from the bloodstream, a condition known as staph sepsis or staph bacteremia. And then there is what is called Job syndrome.
How do you get rid of a staph infection at home?
Most small staph skin infections can be treated at home:
- Soak the affected area in warm water or apply warm, moist washcloths.
- Put a heating pad or a hot water bottle to the skin for about 20 minutes, three or four times a day.
- Apply antibiotic ointment, if recommended by your doctor.
Can someone be prone to staph infections?
Who is at risk of a staph infection? Anyone can develop a staph infection, but some people are more prone to staph infections than others. children and infants, who may develop an infection known as ‘school sores’ (impetigo) when they start attending daycare, preschool or school.