You have probably heard the advice that the best way to avoid germs is to wash your hands frequently. But did you know that sometimes just washing your hands is not enough to protect yourself from dangerous infections such as MRSA? Sometimes you need a little bit more help to prevent illness, and Lysol can provide that help you need.
Lysol acts as an important agent in preventing the spread of MRSA. This article will provide some information on what MRSA is and how it can affect you, how to decrease the risk of contracting it, and how Lysol works to kill the this staph infection spores.
What is MRSA?
MRSA, which stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a bacterial infection that is a strain of staph infections. MRSA is often spread by contact, though sometimes it can spread as an airborne illness when someone with a MRSA respiratory infection coughs into the open air. This bacterium is a concern for many health care professionals because it has become resistant to most antibiotics that are normally used to treat other staphylococcus aureus (or “staph”) infections.
Although MRSA often starts out like minor skin infections, causing little red bumps on the skin, this can quickly escalate to a deep infection that creates painful boils and abscesses, and can even spread to your joints, bones, blood, heart and lungs. While most healthy people are able to fight off MRSA (The 3 Types of MRSA) and develop only mild symptoms, those with weakened immune systems (such as the sick, elderly, and hospital patients) are vulnerable to developing serious and dangerous infections like toxic shock syndrome, pneumonia, septic wounds, or impetigo. Because MRSA is difficult to treat, prevention is key.
How Can You Decrease Your Risk of Getting MRSA?
There are numerous ways to decrease your risk of contracting MRSA. Keep all open wounds covered, wash your hands frequently, avoid sharing personal items like razors or towels, shower immediately after using the gym equipment or hot tubs, and maintain general good personal health and hygiene.
Furthermore, it is important to regularly and properly clean the environment to avoid MRSA. Lysol is one effective cleaning agent that you can use to kill any MRSA spores in your surrounding environment.
What is Lysol?
Lysol is an FDA-approved brand of household disinfectant that, according to the official website, is able to kill over 99.9% of any illness-causing bacteria or viruses on hard, non-porous surfaces in the home. You can purchase Lysol in several different forms, including disposable wipes, cleaning solutions, air fresheners, and aerosol sprays. The Lysol disinfecting aerosol spray is currently considered one of the most effective means of killing bacteria and viruses, and is widely used across North America.
How Does Lysol Kill MRSA?
Lysol kills bacteria, viruses and other harmful germs by attacking the microorganisms and disrupting the protein processes that go on in and outside of the microorganisms’ cells. The active ingredient used in most Lysol products is benzalkonium chloride. In addition, some Lysol products contain peroxide, a substance known to kill bacteria, and many products also use different forms of ammonium chloride, such as alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride.
Moreover, the Lysol disinfecting aerosol spray has the further advantage of being able to target MRSA spores whether they have already settled on surfaces or are still contaminating the air. It is also recommended that you leave the Lysol to stand and settle on a surface for ten minutes in order to allow the product to work at its maximum potential.
Remember that it is always easier to prevent an illness than to treat it. This is especially true when it comes to MRSA infections, which are not easily cured due to its resistance to antibiotics (Why MRSA is Resistant to Antibiotics?). Lysol is your first stop when it comes to prevention, and can provide you with that extra bit of reassurance that you have killed all the MRSA spores in your household that could harm you and your family.