As an athlete, you must have had your share of tryst with injuries and infections. Talking about the two, they are infamous for leaving a mark. We also call these marks scars. Scars are signs of physical accomplishments, at least that’s what a lot of athletes like to believe in. We are not defying the truth. But there are other facts that are revealed via these scars. Yes, you may or may nor realize this but the infections you may have incurred are revealed by these scars. Simply because they all look different.
Would you like to know more? You sure would then read on…
Ugly Lines On The Foot
Does that remind you something? The incessant itching that you fell for is nothing but marks from athletes foot you had at some point of time. These are sometimes red or pinkish in color.
Players in combat sports get this infection through friction. Their bare skin rubs with each other a lot more often. Usually, it doesn’t leave any scar behind but in some cases, flat red scars are witnessed all over the body. They do not fade with time not at least after reaching this state. Medical intervention is required.
Generally, you won’t find much scarring post a fungal infection. But one thing that is commonplace with any type of fungal infection is hyperpigmentation and discoloration in the area. Proves you have had a fungal skin infection on that part. In rare cases, It may leave behind a pink spot which may vanish in a few weeks or may not until intervened by a physician. Surely you had never imagined giving out so much to the onlookers.
They are painful when they are there, dreadful when gone. They rupture and heal but not without leaving a sign of their spell on your skin. It is red, raised but doesn’t pain except for the embarrassing visible look. If you had applied bandages over it, it might not have risen in the first place.
When the bacteria enters through hair follicles, puncture or a scrape, cellulitis is born. Though a surface bacterial skin infection, it may affect the underlying layers too. It leaves a lump, is hard but usually painless. It resembles an acne cyst, the only difference is that it’s not inflamed. Not large enough but can be embarrassing if it’s on the face or any other visible body part.
A viral infection may cause extreme unrest with painful sores and blisters. Herpes sores and blisters do not leave anything behind, but if the patient picks on them, scars may the outcome. The most dreadful of all, they are like keloid scars. Raised and difficult to remove.
Unfortunately, sometimes mistaken for stretch marks. Tight clothes, incessant sweating all contribute to the development of jock itch. Leaves skin dark around the vagina or penis, the inner thighs and perineum. But if you have had jock itch look for the difference or better off consider a doctor.