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:
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:
Natural Treatment For Yeast Infection
For more information about this skin trouble, check the infographic bygiven below.
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:
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:
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.