updated 8/16/2006 6:42:52 PM ET 2006-08-16T22:42:52

Drug-resistant staph bacteria increasingly cause skin infections. Some prevention tips:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water.
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
  • Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
  • Don't share towels, wash cloths, razors, soap, ointments or other personal items.
  • Wipe down athletic gear like mats, head protectors and gym equipment with alcohol or antiseptic solution after each person uses it.
  • See a doctor if you have a sore or boil, and don't try to drain it yourself at home.

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; interviews with doctors.

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