MRSA precautions for your home

When MRSA enters a family or a household there are several straightforward MRSA precautions that you can take.

High Touch Areas

Clean high touch areas such as door handles and light switches on a regular basis when a family member has an MRSA infection. Use disposable anti-bacterial wipes if available. Hands are one of the most potent carriers of MRSA bacteria so being aware of high touch areas is important.

Silent Carriers

If MRSA persists in your household after someone has had an infection it may be be because someone is a ‘silent carrier’. They will not be showing any sign of the infection but may be carrying it in their nostrils or on their skin. If MRSA persists you might want to have the whole family checked with a nasal test. Decolonization may be offered if there is a family member with major health vulnerabilities – but it will not be automatic.

Sexual Intimacy

The MRSA bacteria is often found in the nose, under the arms and in the groin area. Sexual intimacy will often be a way that the bacteria is transferred. Discover more here. Showering after sex will be one way that the transmission chain is broken before it can become established.

Key MRSA Precautions – Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is key – hands are often what spreads the bacteria. A hand can carry the bacteria from an infected wound, a contaminated surface or from one persons skin to another. Families with an MRSA infected member should wash their hands several times a day. It is best under running water for up to 30 seconds – this and the action of rubbing your hands together literally dislodges the bacteria.

MRSA Precautions & Personal Items

Household members should also be very careful about shared towels, combs, computer keyboards, phones, tablet computers and other items that come in contact with skin if a family member has MRSA. all of these can transfer MRSA bacteria to the skin.

Family Pets

Pets can also carry the infection between family members – avoid stroking and kissing pet animals while MRSA is in your household. (MRSA is not the only issue with household pets but research is suggesting that they may be a factor in MRSA persistence in the household.) Your pet may be a silent carrier or might have an active infection themselves.

MRSA Persistence

Some people will seem to get repeated infections and suspicion will fall on household factors despite the MRSA precautions you might take. There can however be several other explanations. The drugs used for treatment may have caused the MRSA to become dormant but not eradicated. The person may have reinfected themselves from their nose, an area where MRSA hides. There may be external reinfection points such as day care, a work colleague or a highly contaminated public facility such as medical offices, airplanes or public seating. They may have a new infection or caught the same one again from the same source. Only testing for MRSA strains will clarify what is happening.

Other articles on MRSA prevention:

MRSA Symptoms – what are they?
What is MRSA?
How does MRSA spread in the family?
A simple
MRSA treatment guide
Exposure to MRSA – Should I be worried?
How do you catch MRSA?

15 thoughts on “MRSA precautions for your home

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  2. nagy

    I had a bilateral ovarian cystectomy via laparotomy. After 2 weeks there’s a clear discharges from my wound. Went to emergency they drain and clean my wound and took a swab from the wound and after 3 days I was called back to inform that im a MRSA positive. They gave me antibiotic SEPTRIN. We are now practicing strict hand hygien in the house. Mu question is, is one week of antibiotic enough to say im clear of MRSA? My wound is close now, thought tender when u put pressure but no pain no discharges. Another question after I wash my hands or take a bath can I hug my baby? I was keeping muself away from her bec of the operation and now cant even touch her bec of MRSA. I miss her a lot.

    1. Dave

      7 days is often the main prescribing suggestion. Good hand hygiene is often enough to protect children and family members from infection.

      SA & MRSA are very common and many people are colonized for a while without being ill

      Hope your recovery is going well


  3. Denise Perry

    I got a staph infection from a neighbor, who says she has cellulitis.
    I never thought her nasty huge infections on her legs were a threat.
    Now I’m sure I have it in my nose and eyes. A mild infection. My
    question is can you have like a sub clinical infection and only be mildly
    infected with MRSA or will it spread? Any help with any info would be
    great. Also I have taken 4 courses of antibiotics but it comes back
    every few days. How likely is it going to spread to my family?

    1. admin Post author

      Many people have mild staph infections that heal without treatment. Have you had your infection verified by a medical doctor with a test?

      Knowing what strain you have will clarify what medication you should have. It could spread among your family but it is not automatic especially if you avoid shared items and have regular hand washing habits


  4. mom

    The fact that you cover it is only one part of the problem. if you touch something and someone else touches it the MRSA can spread. That goes for your friend too. I thought we were clear now that you had the treatment and the 10 days went by but since you were with him again and your resistance is low you can contract it again. and back and forth. I am so upset I cant even describe ever feeling this way. Dad has done everything for you and you couldnt wait another week to be sure he was clear.

  5. frank shaw

    I just had another bout pneumonia ;y main concern is if straph is in my lungs the last time i had mrsa two super bugs in my lungs june 2012.Is it possible the bacteria is still there.

  6. angie

    I had mrsa im my arm pit, ive taken the oral meds and am on the nasal now, all my wounds are closed, skin is healed, how do i now take care of hair removal in that area?

    1. admin Post author

      Gently is perhaps the best advice. You should be mrsa negative now and the risk of cuts is low. But there is always a small chance that could become a carrier again from another source.


    1. admin Post author

      Several months in some cases. Some surfaces, such as copper or silver will kill it anyway, but it can be quite tenacious on other surfaces


        1. admin Post author

          It can survive on those surfaces but is more likely to be found in or around a mattress or items of high touch furniture



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