Skin Infections - Minnesota Dept. of Health
The three most common skin infections in athletes are:
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 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.
NIH: Tinea “Ringworm”
Ringworm is a fungus on the skin. Typically it causes itchy, dry, red, circular patches. These infections can lead to:
Lost playing time
Wounds or rashes that keep coming back
Scarring, sometimes on face
Rarely, serious life-threatening infections if not treated quickly
Get it checked out. Don’t wait.
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.
What are the risk factors for passing skin infections from one person to another?
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.
Updated Tuesday, 29-Jan-2019 16:43:26 CST