- Staphylococcus aureus “Staph”
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria. Sometimes it is resistant to certain types of antibiotics and is called MRSA. Staph typically causes one or more painful sores, with pus surrounded by redness, sometimes associated with fever.
- Herpes gladiatorum
Herpes is the same virus that causes cold sores in the mouth. Typically it causes one or more painful blisters with clear fluid surrounded by redness.
- Tinea “Ringworm”
Ringworm is a fungus on the skin. Typically it causes itchy, dry, red, circular patches. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Lost playing time
- Wounds or rashes that keep coming back
- Hair loss
- Scarring, sometimes on face
- Rarely, serious life-threatening infections if not treated quickly
- Report any skin problems to your athletic trainer, school nurse, coach, or health care provider.
- Tell your health care provider you participate in competitive sports.
- Check with league rules if you have questions about participation.
- Skin-to-skin contact
- Wrestling and football are the sports with the most number of outbreaks.
- Outbreaks have been reported among participants in many other sports .
- Inadequate hand washing .
- Sharing sweaty or dirty clothes, towels, or equipment.
- Breaks in the skin, sores, or open wounds particularly if they are draining fluid and are not covered by a bandage that covers the entire wound.
- Not showering after every practice or game.