Did You Know MRSA Kills More Americans Each Year Than AIDS?

MRSA is a bacteria that causes serious skin infections or infect surgical wounds, bloodstream, lungs or the urinary tract. MRSA Stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. A few years ago the CDC and The Journal of the American Medical Association reported MRSA is killing more Americans rather than AIDS. That year there were nearly 19,000 deaths from MRSA while roughly 16,000 people in the U.S. died from AIDS.

What are The Signs and Symptoms of MRSA Infection?

The symptoms of MRSA staph infection are redness of the skin to swell and collection of pus in the affected areas. This may cause pain and as the infection becomes severe the patient may suffer from fever. Staph infection is a common bacteria that can live in our bodies. Plenty of healthy people carry staph without being infected by it. In now days MRSA is one of the biggest health concerns of the 21 century.

How an Athlete or Other Contact Sport Athlete Prevent MRSA Infections?

1. Wash your hands with a natural soap.

2. Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered with sterile, dry bandages until they heal.

3. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, sheets, razors, clothing and athletic equipment.

4. Shower immediately after each game or practice using tea tree oil soap and water. This essential oils is best known to have very powerful antibacterial properties.

Here is an info-graphic by News Illustrated explaining how lethal bacteria of MRSA kills:

MRSA infographic

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​Wondering What To Do About Yeast Infection Of The Private Parts!

If you are experiencing extreme itchiness, rash, or swelling in and around the vagina, it could be a yeast infection. It is one of the worst infections that can affect your private part.

Let’s know about causes, symptoms and preventive measures of yeast infection on skin:

What is it and why does it occur?

Yeast infection is caused by the fungus, Candida. When good bacteria fall in number, Candida starts overgrowing resulting in a yeast infection. There are various reasons that can raise the risk of yeast infection such as: antibiotics, pregnancy, weak immune system, hormonal imbalance, etc.

Frequent Symptoms Include:

  • In Women
    Strong itchiness
    White vaginal discharge
    Soreness
    Redness and burning sensation
  • In Men
    Dry, itchy skin
    Indigestion
    Memory loss
    Fatigue

Natural Treatment For Yeast Infection
However, you can treat it with creams, but natural treatments can also help you battle this infection. Some of them include: yogurt, garlic, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and oil of oregano. Tea tree oil for the yeast infection is reliable and is considered as the best natural treatment. Add small quantity of tea tree oil in the bathing tub and soak yourself for approximately 30 mins.

For more information about this skin trouble, check the infographic by Yeast Infection given below.

 Yeast Infection Of the Private Parts!

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Must Know Risks of Shingles Viral Skin Infection

People who have had chicken pox in the past can develop shingles due to virus remaining dormant in the body. Shingles is a painful infection and eyes can become swollen and cause temporary loss of vision.

Athletes who train hard and are on the go 20/7 can reduce the immune system and shingles springs. Shingles infection causes a dry, crusty, itchy rash on an infected area and its symptoms are fever, headache and loss of appetite.

It’s better to look for preventive measures the moment you encounter shingles viral skin infection:

  • Athletes should refrain from any form of exercise or sport that cause the immune system to be suppressed or the rash to get worse.
  • Avoid training above 80% of heart rate for any type of sport.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes.
  • Avoid hot places and cool baths are advisable.

Tea tree oil is known for its natural antiviral properties and can be used as a strong treatment for shingles outbreak. Daily use of tea tree oil soap treat the virus and alleviate its symptoms.

Infographic given below by Sanofi Pasteur share more information on risks of shingles:

Shingles Viral Skin Infection

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Everything You Must Know About Female Jock Itch

The myth about jock itch
Did you know that some people could carry the jock itch fungus but not show any symptoms? That’s known as being asymptomatic—not showing the symptoms of diseases. Regardless, jock itch is still very contagious and can still spread it to you! Jock itch has been mistakenly believed to be a skin infection that affects only males. This is false. The truth is a fungal skin infection can occur in anyone. Women’s jock itch is less common but can still occur for many different reasons.

What is jock?
Jock itch received its name because it is very common among people who workout and sweat a lot, like athletes. It is a red itchy fungal skin infection that affects the groin area, inner thighs and butt. Jock itch (Tinea Cruris) can develop directly from the spread of athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) or ringworm (Tinea Corporis). This is the skins cellular immune system’s reaction to the dermatophytes that’s responsible for the infection. There are two species of dermatophytes that could be causing the infection, Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum. Other Trichophyton species and Candida (yeasts) can cause other types of fungal skin infections in the groin are.

 Female Jock ItchWhat are some symptoms of jock itch?
It commonly appears as a red rash with flaking skin. It also comes with a persistent itching and burning feelings on the inner thighs and lower torso. It may feel at ease after scratching but tends to return after a short while. It can also spread to the buttocks and genitals through scratching. A musty odor is common. If the burning is severe, painful and producing a fluid like discharge, that might be the sign of a bacterial infection and should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

Causes for jock itch in women
As noted above, jock itch is caused by the fungus known as tinea cruris. Fungus is thrives in warm, dark & moist areas like the groin area. Tinea cruris in women is usually the result of an underlying skin disease like chaffing of the skin or intertrigo. Chaffing of the skin in women can happen from the result of obesity where two folds of skin rub together causing irritation. Or from tight fitting clothing or underwear.

What are other names for female jock itch?
It’s known around the world as not only jock itch but also other names like vaginal itch, crotch worm, gym itch, crotch itch, groin ringworm and tinea cruris.

Is jock itch contagious?
Fact is jock itch can spread to other parts of the body and other people around you. If you live with your family or significant other you can spread jock it to them easily by direct or indirect contact like sharing exposed clothing, blankets and towels. You can spread it or get it from your training partners, especially if you are a wrestler or grappler. If you have outdoor pets they can also transfer the fungal infection to you because ringworm lives in the earths soil.

Females are more like to get jock itch if:
It’s a very common fungal infection and can occur in anyone especially if you can apply any of these to your own life.
• As an athlete
• Poor hygiene
• Obesity
• Genetics
• Already having athlete’s foot or ringworm
• Live in a warm humid climate
• Sweat excessively
• Wear tight clothing
• Wet clothing
• Not drying off completely after showering
• Stressed immune system
• Sharing personal items with someone who is infected.
• Have pets like cats or dogs

Preventing female jock itch
• Do not share towels or other personal items with others.
• Avoid having sex if your partner has symptoms of a genital rash.
• Wear loose clothes, especially in summer.
• Change exercise clothes daily and wash them after exercising.
• Change underwear daily and men should wash athletic supporters after exercise.

Treating female jock itch:
There are various ways you can treat jock itch. You can put jock itch into remission by effectively destroying the environment in which the fungal infection can thrive. The best form of treatment is prevention. More and more athletes practice good hygiene by fighting the infection naturally. Using antifungal soaps containing high concentrations of natural ingredients like tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil can be effective remedies. Some of these ingredients not only fungal infections but also viral and bacterial infections as well.

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.

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An Athlete’s Guide To Ringworm

Athlete's Guide To Ringworm

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.
~25% of the world’s populations, around 1.5 billion people are affected.

  • What is Ringworm?

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.

  • Is ringworm contagious and how does it spread?

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.

  • How does ringworm start?

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.

  • What is the cause of Ringworm?

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.

  • How soon after exposure do symptoms appear?

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.

  • Other than athletes who is at risk for 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.

  • What is the treatment for Ringworm?

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.

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