Care of a Staphylococcus aureus Infection
Take care of infections!
- Pus or drainage from wounds is very infectious.
- Clean your hands frequently with an antibacterial soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, especially after changing your bandages or touching the drainage.
- It matters how you wash your hands.
- When using soap and water, you have to rub your hands for at least 20 seconds to get rid of the bacteria.
- When using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, use enough to cover all the surfaces of your hands.
- Clean Your Hands! Poster
This 11x17 poster shows the six steps for washing hands with soap and water or two for cleaning with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Take a bath or shower often, be sure to use soap to clean your body while showering or bathing.
- Do not share towels, wash cloths, razors, or other personal items.
- If you get a cut or scrape on your skin, clean it with soap and water and then cover it with a bandage.
- Do not touch sores; if you do touch a sore, clean your hands right away.
- Keep the infected area covered with clean, dry bandages.
- Cover any infected sores with a bandage and clean your hands right away after putting on the bandage.
- Wear clothes that cover your bandages and sores, if possible.
- Throw used dressings away promptly.
- Changing Bandages
Poster showing the steps for how to change your bandages.
- Do not participate in contact sports until your sores have healed.
- Do not go to a public gym, sauna, hot tub or pool until sores have healed.
You need to be careful when you do laundry. Dirty clothes and bedding can spread staph or MRSA bacteria.
- When touching your laundry or changing your sheets, hold the dirty laundry away from your body and clothes to prevent bacteria from getting on your clothes.
- Wear disposable gloves to touch laundry that is soiled with body fluids, like drainage from a sore, urine or feces.
- Immediately put the laundry into the washer or into a plastic bag until it can be washed.
- Wash your laundry with warm or hot water, use bleach if possible.
- Dry in a warm or hot dryer and make sure the clothes are completely dry.
- Clean your hands after touching dirty sheets or clothing and before touching clean laundry, even if you have been wearing gloves.
- Throw gloves away after taking them off (do not reuse them) and clean your hands.
- Change your sheets and towels at least once a week.
- Change your clothes daily.
- Do not put dirty clothes or clothes you have just worn back in your closet or drawers until they have been washed.
- Clean frequently used areas of your home (bathrooms, countertops, etc.) daily with a household disinfectant or bleach solution.
- Pay attention to items that are frequently touched - light switches, doorknobs, phones, toilets, sinks, tubs and showers and kitchen counters.
- Wipe the surface or object with the disinfectant and let it dry.
- Disinfectants to use:
- You can use any cleaner you buy at the grocery store that has the word “disinfectant” on it, remember to read the label and follow the directions
- Make your own solution of bleach and water:
- Mix two teaspoons bleach into one quart of water in a spray bottle and label it “bleach solution”
- Make it fresh each time you plan to clean because the bleach evaporates out of the water making it less effective
- Never mix bleach with other cleaners, especially ammonia
- Keep the bleach solution away from children and don’t put it in bottles that could be mistaken for something to drink.
- It is important that you clean daily. Especially items or surfaces you touch often.