Preventing Skin Infections in Athletes

  • Report all skin infections
    Report all skin infections to a health care provider for further evaluation.
  • Washing hands
    Clean hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol hand rub if soap is not available and hands do not look dirty.
  • Showering
    Shower onsite immediately after every practice and game. Use soap and warm water and do not share towels.

  • Covering Wounds
    Cover all breaks in skin with a water proof bandage. Change the bandage if it gets wet.
  • Wash Clothes
    Wash clothes and towels after every practice and game. Use detergent and dry thoroughly.

  • Sharing personal items
    Avoid sharing used water bottles.

For more information about caring for a skin infection, see Care of a Staphylococcus aureus Infection.

 

Updated Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 02:03PM