Ringworm a Serious Problem Among Combat Athletes

Ringworm owes its name to the ring like formation that forms on the surface of the skin. The microbe causing this fungal infection feeds on keratin found in the skin, nails and hair. Hence, known as dermatophye and the infection dermatophytosis.

In nature, you will find a group of dermatophytes that cause different types of dermatophytosis. The different types derive their name from the body part they are found on such as Tinea barbae (on the beard), Tinea faciei (on the face), Tines pedis (on the foot) and so on. Other body parts that can receive infection include scalp, body, groin, hands and nails.

Ringworm Among Combat Athletes

Almost every living soul on this planet is susceptible to ringworm. So how do you know if you have ringworm. Look for these symptoms: a rash which is red in color, itches often, sometimes raised and with clear defined edges. The center is often clear and unaffected.

Ringworm how do you get it?

Wondering what causes ringworm! Ringworm requires a favourable environment to grow and develop. If it finds one, it starts flourishing. When you throng places which are a natural home to these like gyms especially the locker rooms, you expose yourself to these contagious microbes. One can also get it from an infected item that comes in contact with the infected person like gym equipments, towels and many more.

Talking about the treatment options, two oils – tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have been found to possess the ability to help patients to not just prevent but cure ringworm. These oils have anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

If it doesn’t get treated in time, there is probably no cure. As a matter of fact, ringworm infection seems to be causing nuisance worldwide and this is on the rise. Prevention, if not taken or timely cure is the best way possible to combat the ringworm infection.


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How to Choose An Effective Hygiene Program For Youth Wrestlers – Part1

staph-bacteriaIt’s wrestling season. For some parents of youth wrestlers this could be a frantic time.

Which style of wrestling to choose? What are the best camp to go to?What is the best equipment?

Well, to be honest, none of that will matter if you’re child runs into a nasty case of skin infections. It’s a harsh reality, but harmful microbes are all around us. It’s important for parents and coaches to know how to teach their kids the importance of a strong hygiene regimen and what types of products are better to use and why.

This post will focus on the latter, what types of products to avoid and which ones to use.

The microbes to be aware of are Fungi, viruses and bacteria. Each of the three can come in various forms and from anywhere on your body. Athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm are all forms of fungal infections that affect the foot, groin area and body. MRSA, staph, impetigo and acne are forms of bacterial infections. Herpes Gladiatorum or “scrum pox” as rugby players would call it is a type of viral skin infection.

Skin infections generally do not spread through classroom environment. However, transmission of skin infection among student athletes is well documented, and can have a substantial impact on the students and schools. 70% of wrestling infections come from skin-to-skin contact. Giving young wrestlers a strong education in best hygienic practices is key to the prevention of most, if not all, of the above mentioned skin infections.

For starters it’s good to know what products to use in your athletic hygiene regimen and what products to avoid. Going with the antibacterial approach might seem like the obvious and most effective way because killing 99.99% of bacteria would seem like a good idea. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, our skin needs bacteria, they beneficial kind. Our natural skin flora made up of billions of microorganisms that are actually protecting us. They assist in bad bacteria, or fungus from proliferating when we come into contact with them. So killing 99.99 % of bacteria would actually kill most of the beneficial bacteria as well. Throw in the fact that you aren’t only battling bacteria but viruses and fungi too. Antibacterial chemicals have no effect on them. In short antibacterial products are no good for your skins natural flora and should be avoided like the plague.

Then there is the antiseptic and antibiotic approach.

Antibiotic approach means taking some costly over the counter medications that again only target bacteria. Antibiotics can kill and prevent the growth of bacteria while antiseptic prevents the growth and development of various microorganisms without necessarily killing them.

Antibiotics can be used both internally and externally where antiseptic is mostly internally. Antiseptics use different chemical that can be very harmful to your skin like alcohol based ones. Some companies sell athletic wipes using alcohol as its base. One of the worst things you can do for your skin is put chemicals like alcohol and triclosan on it. Triclosan is also considered a pesticide.
In the view of this writer I would recommend looking into natural hygiene products that contain essential oils known to be effective against skin infections. Products like antfungal soap. They are less harmful to the skin and are more conducive to keeping our natural skin flora in balance.

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Wrestling – The World’s Oldest Competitive Sport

History of Professional Wrestling

The earliest reference of wrestling comes from cave drawings of wrestlers dating as far back as 3000 BC.

Traces of wrestling have also been found in Sumerian times, some 5000 years back.  Archaeological findings show wrestling to be prominent during Egyptian times. A drawing from tomb of Beni-Hassan shows 400 wrestlers.  Apart from this drawings showing the existence of corporations of wrestler, wrestling rules and refereeing codes have also been found.

Greeks however developed wrestling as a science and art.  It was considered to be an important training for young men. They wrestled naked, smeared in olive oil and sand to protect skin from heat and cold. The oil was then removed with a instrument known as strigil and washed with clean water.  Freestyle wrestling was mostly prevalent in Greece during that time.  The competitor who threw the opponent on back, hips, chest, knees or elbows was declared winner.

Wrestling gained further popularity in 708 B.C, during the ancient Olympic Games. It became an important and decisive discipline of the Pentathlon after discus, javelin, long jump and foot race. Milon of Croton, student of the philosopher Pythagoras was the most famous wrestlers of that time.

A dark phase for wrestling came during the reign of Emperor Theodosius I in 393. He banned all pagan games and outlawed Olympic Games.

But wrestling was restored back to its glory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, practiced in the socially elite circles of castles and palaces

Renowned artists like Caravaggio, Poussin, Rembrandt, Courbet, Rabelais, Rousseau, Montaigne, Locke, etc. encouraged wrestling.

In fact a colored wrestling manual was printed in 1512 by German artist Albrecht Dürer.

Professional wrestling in its truest sense started in 1830 from France. Wrestlers who did not have access to elite circles, but had talent, formed troupes and traveled across France. A little glamor to professional wrestling was added during this time with open challenges thrown by wrestles to fight them and introducing fancy names like “Edward, the steel eater”, “Bonnet, the ox of the low Alps” etc.

In 1848 a French showman Jean Exbroyat created first circus troupe of wrestlers. It gave some organization to this sport. After his death, the troupe was overseen by Mr. Rossignol-Rollin. His strong marketing acumen spread the influence of wrestling far and wide.  It got spread to Austrian Hungarian Empire, to Italy, to Denmark and to Russia. The confluence of different cultures impacted wrestling giving it a new outlook and came to be known as Greco-Roman wrestling.

Thereafter professional wrestling was organized in entire Europe in 1898 Paul Pons, a Frenchman became the first Professional World Champion of wrestling.

By the end of 19th century, professional wrestling became a sport of in vogue in Europe Gradually with time International Federation for wrestling was created and impetus was given to these sports in every

In present scenario wrestling has many forms and is practiced by both men and women. Today competitive wrestlers are at risk of contracting and spreading bacterial skin infections every time they step on the mat. Read our hygiene guide for wrestlers for more information.

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