MRSA is an acronym for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and is a staph germ that is highly resistant to nearly all antibiotics, making it an incredibly serious infection. There are over 20 species of staphylococcus and one of the factors that makes MRSA so dangerous is how quickly it can tear through communities especially places where there are athletes tend to gather, train, practice or compete. Most staph germs are spread directly through skin to skin contact which is why it can run rampant in schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, locker rooms or any place where the infection can easily spread from person to person.
Once the staph makes its way into the body, it can quickly spread to some surprising places such as our bones and lungs. MRSA has also been known to affect people’s joints, blood, hearts and brains. Staph germs take a particularly hard toll on people with weakened immune systems, those on dialysis, IV drug users as well as anyone who had recent surgery, up to a year.
Each day more MRSA cases are seen in healthy people who have contracted it through skin on skin contact, shared towel use or shared gym and athletic equipment. Helping to prevent the aggressive spread of MRSA in athletics is the primary mission of Clear Gear Sports Spray. The spread of MRSA is also on the rise in child care facilities, the military as well anyone who has recently gotten a tattoo. Because we know how devastating MRSA can be, Clear Gear Sports Spray is specially designed to kill bacteria and germs that cause illnesses like Staphylococcus aureus- Methicillin Resistant (MRSA). Clear Gear Sports Spray can be used in a variety of applications such as treating objects shared at schools, daycares, locker rooms, on backpacks, even the cases of our cell phones and tablets.
Despite that fact that each of have some normal level of staph on our skin, it is dangerous when it becomes what is called “colonized” and it is at this stage that MRSA becomes easily contracted. As far as the symptoms of Staphylococcus aureus- Methicillin-Resistant (MRSA) are concerned, often there is a red, swollen and extremely painful and puss filled boil on the skin. Often, it resembles a spider bite with a puss sack in the middle. These boils are particularly common in contact sports such as wrestling, hockey, football and among those sharing gym equipment. When the staph infection has spread to the lungs, heart organs and bloodstream, the symptoms are even worse and often include chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, an overall sick feeling, headache, rash and wounds or cuts that don’t seem to heal.
Typically, a doctor will order a “culture” or a sample from the boil itself or your blood, urine, or saliva to determine if MRSA is present. Since this test takes up to a few days to complete, the wait can be agonizing. Often the site needs to be drained and in a few lucky cases, that is all that will need to be done. The rest is just up to time and a clean bandage. More severe MRSA infections are trickier to treat and the culture results will determine which antibiotic is needed. Those with more severe cases of MSRA often need to take antibiotics for quite some time after being released from the hospital. With over 500,000 people contracting staphylococcus aureus- Methicillin-Resistant (MRSA) in hospitals alone, the best way to cure it is to not contract it at all so it’s important to keep your hands and your sports equipment clean. Clear Gear Sports Spray is designed to do just that and it is always recommended that you keep your equipment clean including:
Always remember that prevention is the best tool you have in protecting you and the ones you love from some very nasty and potentially deadly infections.