In a perfect BJJ training world no one would get skin infections.
Unfortunately, that’s never going to be the case.
If there’s one thing that should be true it’s that after every great roll session should comes a great shower. For some, the experience of washing your body can be particularly spiritual, very relaxing and even healing. For others a shower after isn’t even a thought. Those usually are the training partners we avoid to work with. When it’s your nose that tells you who to avoid, you know something is wrong
What is that smell? And why do I have to avoid training with it? That smell is from an odor causing bacteria. But odor isn’t the worst of it. Dangerous skin infections common in BJJ like MRSA, staph A, acne, ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot also live on dirty skin, GI’s and equipment can be prevented with proper BJJ hygiene. Usually you’re not the only person who is training, sweating and rolling around on the mat. Whatever you bring with you goes home with the other training partners whether they like it or not.
As you move through the training environment your Gi, your belt, and your skin are accumulating all the particles and microorganisms that others bring to the academy from their lives —and share it on the mat with their training partners.
Jiu Jitsu academies are naturally a breeding ground for bacteria fungus and viruses because of their warm humid climate and close quarters training. Proper hygiene is one of the smartest ways to defend yourself. It’s important for Jiu-Jitsu athletes to follow good hygiene practices to your training partners and your academy. Learning and sharing little tips, like keeping your finger and toenails closely trimmed, and to never shower before a training session because it can strip your skins healthy bacteria from fighting infections, can and will greatly reduce the chances of an infection spreading through your academy. Often people ask themselves what is the best soap to use after training BJJ. I’m here to tell you its Defense Soap.
Definitely some good qualities an aspiring BJJ artist would look for when selecting the right soap.
In the end
When it all comes down to it I would make sure my soap answers all of the questions above. If my choice came down to two similar products but one company had test done to show its effectiveness and one didn’t. I would trust the brand that provided the clinical studies to its customers regarding its safety and effectiveness hands down. Not many companies do this. Defense Soap does. Major hygiene manufacturers that mass produced cheap soap and its imitations, known as “beauty cream bars ” loaded them with chemicals with no absolutely no studies done on the long term effects on human health. After decades of being viciously marketed to the masses these products containing the harmful chemicals are being found to have severe immune and hormonal effects. Choose the soap that’s natural and honest like greatest BJJ athletes are.
The myth about jock itch
What is jock?
What are some symptoms of jock itch?
Causes for jock itch in women
What are other names for female jock itch?
Is jock itch contagious?
Females are more like to get jock itch if:
Preventing female jock itch
Treating female jock itch:
Women who have a serious case of ringworm should see a doctor. Depending on the diagnosis you might be subscribed an antifungal cream or antifungal pill. It could take multiple weeks to heal and even months for severe cases. So, if you are an athlete and can’t afford to miss weeks of training and even important competitions its super important to take every measure to keep your body clean and dry as much as possible.
Did you know the three most common injuries among athletes are strains, breaks, and skin infections!
Combat athletes are constantly exposing their skin to warm environments, trauma, blood, sweat and even funky opponents. This is the nature of the sport. Unfortunately these conditions expose the athlete leaving them vulnerable to contagious fungal infections, particularly ringworm.
Cutaneous fungal infections (fungal infections of the hair nails or skin) are very common. According to research by The Fungal Research Trust in 2011.
Ringworm is a very common but less severe fungal skin infection. Ringworm is not really caused by a worm. That was a mistake by ancient physicians who thought the circular pattern was really a worm deep down in the tissue. Classified scientifically as Tinea Corporis the infection appears as ring shaped worm on all skin regions accept the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, nails, and groin.
Ringworm is contagious. You can get it two ways either directly or indirectly. Ways to get it directly is physical contact with the infection or infected person. Ringworm can itch so it’s more likely than not under the nails of the infected person. If you are a grappler, wrestler or anyone who engages in constant physical contact it can be transferred as easily as the touch of ones skin. You can also get it indirectly. That means contact with objects or surfaces that was previously touched by an infected person or pet, such as socks towels, shoes, hats, combs, brushes, bed linens, blankets, phones, gym mats, locker room floors, communal showers, swimming pools, saunas, football pads, hockey equipment etc.
Ringworm starts out as a very small red pimple. It’s imperative that you start to treat your skin at the first sign of an infection. The last thing you want to do is spread an infection to your training partners and your teammates. It’s important to have someone take a look at it like an athletic trainer or doctor right away.
If you have ringworm never step into a practice or competition until you are 100% healed otherwise an outbreak can occur. After you have been treated with an antifungal soap or medication the fungus can still be dormant in your skin waiting to spring back up so be sure to shower immediately after practice.
While you’re infected with ringworm you should wash all clothing, towels, bedding, kneepads, headgear, rash guards, and GI’s daily. Your gear can continue to get contaminated daily. If you don’t, it’s like contaminating yourself all over again.
Dermatophytes are the main culprit. A strain of mold fungi that live deep down in the tissue. They are responsible for the cause of ringworm. They are unique because they are able to use keratin as a source of energy and fuel. The cellular response to this is inflammatory allergic reaction creating red scaly round bumps. This is interesting because that limits their environment to grow only on the hair skin and nails. Dermatophytes can still survive for a long period of time on other surfaces like towels or couches or bed lining for some time before being picked up by a host again. Read more causes of Ringworm.
When we first get exposed we will never know it because it’s invisible to us but in few cases symptoms of ringworm do appear. Really, it’s up to our skins natural flora or healthy bacteria and immune system to decide to keep that infection imbalance or allow it grow out of balance creating the infection. It’s immune to antibacterial soaps and sanitizers because it is a fungus not bacteria. Actually antibacterial soaps and sanitizers probably do more harm then good.
Scalp Ringworm usually appears 10 to 14 days after contact, and Ringworm of the skin 4 to 10 days after contact. The time between exposure and symptoms is not known for the other types of Ringworm.
Anyone can get Ringworm. Scalp Ringworm often strikes young children; outbreaks have been recognized in schools, day-care centers, and infant nurseries. Scholastic athletes are at risk for ringworm of the scalp, ringworm of the body, and foot ringworm. There have been outbreaks among high school wrestling teams. Children with young pets are at increased risk for Ringworm of the body.
Ringworm can be treated with fungus-killing medicine. The medicine can be taken in tablet or liquid form or applied as a cream.
More and more athletes have discovered that essential oils can be very effective when used as an anti fungal soap or oil applied directly to the affected area.
Essential oil like tea tree and eucalyptus oils are known for their powerful anti fungal, anti microbial and antiviral properties.