Don’t Count on Antibacterial Products to Protect Against MRSA, Other Diseases

<"">MRSA and other superbugs have made many people anxious, and they are looking for ways to avoid these germs.  But everyone needs to know that antibacterial products are NOT the best line of attack against  MRSA and other germs.  While they can help in a pinch, overuse is linked to antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which is why the American Medical Association doesn’t support their everyday use.  Some bugs  including MRSA – have developed antibiotic resistance.  Bacteria become resistant because of antibiotic overuse and abuse and learn to adapt and mutate, changing just enough to ensure antibiotics have no effect on them and giving them room to spread with increasing virulence.  Hand sanitizers are great when a sink is not available, but soap and water remains the best and safest method for killing bacteria.

If someone is sick at home, wipe down surfaces like doorknobs, drawer pulls, light switches, and faucet handles on sinks, faucets, and the refrigerator with a wipe or spray that kills bacteria and viruses.  During winter, this reduces rotovirus and cold transmission; however, do not become obsessive as it’s better to wash hands before meals, before and after using the toilet, after using public transportation, and when returning home from work or school.  A recent study found those who washed their hands at least seven times a day had 75 percent fewer colds.

There’s no need to decontaminate everyone in contact with newborns who receive antibodies from their mothers in utero and are partially protected from viruses and bacteria.  At six months, some vaccinations have been received and he/she is less susceptible to illness.

Animals use public sandboxes as their litter box leaving children at risk for pinworms and roundworms, which lead to fever and stomach pains.  Wash hands with soap and water and scrub under the nails when they are finished playing, wash sand and other plastic toys in the dishwasher, and tightly cover home sandboxes to prevent contamination.

Saliva’s digestive enzymes break down food spoil food.  Do not eat from food containers.  Food eaten from a plate, container, or baby food jar should be dumped and not saved.  Cooked food left at room temperature for under an hour is safe; after about four hours, it’s dangerous.  Food poisoning is more common around the holidays when meals go on for hours and food is not put away mid-meal.  In a restaurant, it is unknown how long food was held at room temperature before serving and, later. waiting to be wrapped.  Chances are, the four-hour limit is exceeded before leaving the restaurant.

Any amount of time something spends on the floor is long enough for contamination with bacteria like salmonella and E. coli.  ALWAYS discard dropped food and clean fallen items with hot water and soap.

Using a hot air dryer in public restrooms is preferable to the rolling towel.  A lot more germs are blown around when a toilet is flushed.

Dog kisses are not an important source of infection for people and there are fewer viruses and bacteria in a dog’s mouth than in a human’s.  A greater danger comes from petting an animal whose coat is contaminated with feces or urine.  Wash your hands frequently and use gloves when emptying a litter box.

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