- Practice Proper Hand Hygiene: The best prevention is simply washing your hands or using alcohol based solution to disinfect the hands – rub until your hands are dry.
- Spare the Antibiotics: Multi-resistant bacteria are a man-made problem, thanks in large part to the improper use of antibiotics. Don’t press your doctor to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics. Taking antibiotics when they are not necessary can cause harmful multi-resistant bacteria to grow.
- Shower power: Make sure to shower with soap after sports practices. Dry off with a clean towel and change into clean clothes. Be sure that your locker room uses soap dispensers and not bar soap where microbes could be spread.
- Cover your cuts: Pay attention to your skin. If you have a cut or scrape, clean it off with warm water and soap, and cover with a bandage until it heals. Keep it clean and dry, and if the area gets red, hot, or swollen, be sure to see your healthcare provider as it could be a sign that the area is infected. Don’t touch other people’s wounds or bandages.
- Wash it on hot: If you have a cut/sore, wash towels and bed linens in hot water with added bleach. Wash gym and athletic clothes after each wearing.
- Arm yourself: Carry a small bottle of alcohol based solution for times when you don’t have access to soap and water.
SOURCE: Infection prevention and You (APIC - Patients and families)