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According to the CDC (2014), it is estimated that Americans of all ages visit the doctor more than 12 million times per year for skin infections that are typical of staph (staphylococcus bacteria). More than half of those visits are for MRSA, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.
As the weather changes and students return to the locker rooms and you return to the gym, it is important to understand how staph is spread, what the signs and symptoms of the infection are, and what to do if you suspect you may have a staph infection.
Staph bacteria can be spread by having direct contact with another person’s infection (think contact sports). Staph can also be spread by sharing personal items such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin. Another way to contract staph is to touch a surface contaminated with the bacteria (think gym mats or exercise equipment). Staph can al...
food poisoning is an illness that results from eating food contaminated with a toxin produced by the Staphylococcus aureus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
food poisoning is often caused when a food handler contaminates food products that are served or stored at room- or refrigerator temperature. Common examples of such foods are desserts (especially custards and cream filled- or topped desserts), salads (especially those containing mayonnaise), or baked goods.
The bacteria multiplies rapidly in the food, and a large colony of bacteria may be present without evidence of food spoilage. Risk factors include:
Ingestion of food prepared by a person with a skin infection (these infections commonly contain Staphylococcus aureus )
Ingestion of food kept at room temperature
Ingestion of improperly prepared food
Symptoms occurring in persons eating the same food.
Any time I hear or see enough chatter about a fitness related topic, either in person, on line, or both, I feel compelled to share my knowledge with readers regarding that topic. One particular issue that has moved to the forefront of health club chatter is MRSA (pronounced mer´ suh), which is an acronym for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a bacteria that, for years, used to attack the very disabled, sick and elderly who resided in hospitals, nursing homes and institutional facilities.
The problem is that it is resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. In recent years, however, a strain of these bacteria has emerged in the general population called CA-MRSA, or community acquired MRSA. Now, anyone can contract the bug which is capable of causing anything from a small pimple to a full blown life threatening skin infection called necrotizing fasciitis (aka flesh eating bacteria). What does all this have to do with working out at the gym, you a...
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