Researchers at UCLA found that MRSA is the most common cause of skin and soft-tissue infections across the country.
Staph bacteria, including MRSA, can cause infections that looks like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections.
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WHY SHOULD I CLEAN MY EQUIPMENT?
What is MRSA?
Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) is a type of bacteria that is found on many healthy people's skin and causes no major problems. However, if it gets inside the body, for instance under the skin or into the lungs, it can cause dangerous infections such as boils or pneumonia. MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an especially dangerous form of staph that has grown resistant to commonly used antibiotics (such as Methicillin). If an infection is a MRSA infection, it is more difficult to eradicate and doctors must use stronger antibiotics in the hope of helping your body win the battle against this serious illness. The problem is that bacteria are already mutating and finding ways around our strongest antibiotics, and sometimes humans lose this fight.
Sports Equipment Cleaning
While some staph infections are manageable and go away with medical treatment, some infections progress into life-threatening situations. MRSA, which used to be confined to hospitals, has now spread into the community, striking otherwise healthy individuals in the prime of their lives - especially athletes. Over the past 10 years, community-acquired MRSA has grown to epidemic proportions, killing more people in this country than AIDS. The US Center for Disease Control has been monitoring the increase in community-acquired MRSA since the year 2000.
Abrasions and cuts, which are more common in sports, allow pathogens to get inside the body - even sweating facilitates penetration by the bacteria into the body. Also, athletes wear equipment on which MRSA can survive. Due to this health threat, there is a real need to clean filthy sports gear! Not only does it smell, but athletes are getting sick and, in some cases, even dying from it. To prevent the spread of these highly contagious and dangerous pathogens, the CDC recommends that sports equipment be cleaned on a regular basis.
Super Clean's mission is to make it SAFER for athletes to participate in sports. Athletic equipment harbors mold, viruses, fungus, ecoli, blood, Staphylococcus bacteria, and MRSA. The most powerful cleaning solvents available have been created to destroy and remove these contaminants from the gear. Spraying the equipment with a deodorizer or mist only masks the odor and is not enough to kill the underlying causes. Super Clean uses a patented wet washing process to force detergents and disinfectants deep into the foam and fabrics of the equipment, killing and removing the bacteria and germs that hide deep inside your gear. We all wash dirty clothes - why don't we wash sports equipment? It needs to be thoroughly washed, too, and not just sprayed with the latest scent-masking product. We all know "Washing Works"! In addition, Super Clean uses a patented process to disinfect equipment with a naturally occurring substance - ozone. Ozone is a more potent disinfectant than bleach, hydrogen peroxide or iodine. Using either or both of these processes as part of an overall equipment hygiene program will drastically reduce the chances of suffering from dangerous infections such as MRSA.