How does MRSA spread in the family?


Hand hygiene is key – when MRSA enters a family, 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.

Families should also be very careful about shared towels, combs, computer keyboards and other items that come in contact with skin if a family member has MRSA. Clean high touch areas such as door handles and light switches on a regular basis. Pets can also carry the infection between family members – avoid stroking and kissing pet animals while MRSA is in your household.

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Denise Perry August 28, 2013 at 12:55 am

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?


admin August 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

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



mom March 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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.


frank shaw September 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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.


angie July 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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?


admin July 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

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.



Bonnie wirtz March 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

how long can mrsa live on surfaces.


admin March 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

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



b. herrman July 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

what about on furniture or matress


admin July 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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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