Stopping Staph Infections
August 24, 2013 12:14 AM Subscribe
What are you supposed to do to minimize being reinfected with staph? So far the only advice I've gotten from doctors is "wash your hands more" but I do that already and it's not helping.
posted by These Birds of a Feather to health & fitness (15 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have a long-term, low-grade staph infection all over my body. It typically manifests as either hardcore sinusitis or boils and acne-like lesions and this week it's the latter. Yay me. I still don't know how I'm being reinfected (especially on my face) so I'd love to hear if there are other things I should be doing to minimize my re-exposure.
I already do what Google tells me to do:
• wash my sheets and towels with hot water and bleach weekly
• don't re-use towels or let my apartment get too steamy
• feel like I'm somehow unclean because I keep getting reinfected, even though I know everyone's got staph in some way
What next? Do I also need to get rid of my makeup brushes or my Olay brush heads or something even if I clean those regularly too? Was I supposed to have thrown away my towels and sheets, not just bleach the hell out of them? There's nothing dietary about getting a staph infection, is there?