Summer months bring a heightened risk for bacterial, viral and parasitic infection that leaves athlete grappling with photo-allergies and skin diseases. The summers are the perfect breeding time for a lot of bacteria and virus and unbearable heat brings with it contagious diseases like Staph and MRSA. The humid weather multiplies their growth patterns developing mild infections at first, but can grow to be serious problems later on.
Staph Infection Resources share their recommendations for protection from this increasingly common and potential deadly summer skin infections in the infographic below.
MRSA: Common Infections In Summer
- MRSA, a bacterial infection risk can be increased when an athlete is in certain activities or places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact and shared equipment’s.
- Also, the infection is very common among people with weak immune system.
- It often develops around open sores like cuts, scrapes, or bites and is resistant to most antibiotics.
- In the community, most MRSA skin infections may be:
1. Mistaken for spider bites
2. Red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch, and have pus or other drainage
3. Accompanied by a fever
Precautions From MRSA:
- Washing your hands frequently.
- Don’t share razors, towels, uniforms, or other items that come into contact with bare skin.
- Cover and clean shared sports equipment before each use with a disinfectant that works against MRSA.
- Essential tea tree oil is good preventative for cuts, scrapes and mild skin infections.