I got a call from my friend Mark on Friday afternoon. He was very concerned about a place on this back of his leg. I asked him to send me a picture to see if I was concerned it was staph. I sent it to Tracy, a nurse practitioner friend, to validate. Yes, it looked like staph.
The interesting part of this story is that Mark is an electrical contractor. His company has been working on a large commercial building. So where did he get staph? Who knows? He could have had a scrape on his leg and it was the entrance for the staph. He could have had a bug bite and staph could have gotten in through the bite. Again, who knows!!
Staph is everywhere. Not just in hospitals and nursing homes. The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is on the rise in the community. It is ubiquitous. So how do we protect ourselves? My suggestion is by staying clean and watching any scrapes and cuts. Make sure any scrapes and cuts are covered. When around outdoor construction or dirty environments, long pants and sleeves serve as an extra protection.
Mark’s infection is better today. He caught it early and called for help. He saved himself from muscle damage and a lengthy recovery. #MRSAless