Category Archives: Prevention

FDA is reviewing the use of antibacterial products containing triclosan The antibacterial chemical found in liquid hand soaps

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How to Cure Jock Itch

Macroconidia of the dermatophytic fungus Epidermophyton floccosum, a fungus that commonly causes jock itch.

Jock itch, also known as crotch itch, gym itch, eczema marginatum[1], ringworm of the groin, or tinea cruris, is a fungal infection of the groin caused by dermatophytes (Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton). It is more common in males, and is predisposed by increased moisture (as in hot, humid summer times), which promotes growth of the fungus

Tinea cruris, or jock itch

Tinea cruris, or jock itch

Jock itch tends to cause itchy or burning sensation in the groin, thigh skin folds, or the anus; the rash appears as raised red plaques that may blister, ooze, or advance down the inner thigh. As the rash advances, it often forms a central area of clearing with advancing borders resembing a ring (hence the name ringworm). Tinea cruris is diagnosed by scraping some of the affected skin onto a glass slide, applying potassium hydroxide (KOH) to dissolve keratin from the skin cells to release the hyphae, heating the slide, and looking under the microscope for hyphae. A sample may also be sent to a lab for a mycotic culture (where the fungus is grown in Sabouraud’s agar).[2] This article will help you treat and cure this fungal infection.

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Guidance for Schools and Student Athletes about Community-Associated Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) Infections


Staphylococcus aureus , often referred to as “staph,” are bacteria commonly found on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Approximately 25% to 30% of the population are colonized with staph bacteria (i.e., carry the bacteria without becoming ill). Sometimes staph causes minor skin infections (e.g., pustules, small boils) that can be treated conservatively,without antibiotics. However, on occasion, staph bacteria can cause much more serious skin infections, as well as bloodstream infections,pneumonia, etc.

Over the past several years, treatment of some staph infections has become more problematic because the bacteria have become resistant to various antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is a type of staph that is resistant to some antibiotics, including the antibiotic methicillin. Infections caused by MRSA have historically been associated with ill persons in health-care institutions. However, MRSA has now emerged as a common cause of skin and soft tissue infections that may occur in previously healthy adults and children who have not had prior contact with health-care settings. This type of MRSA infection is known as community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA).

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Treatment and Prevention of Skin Infections in Wrestlers

Tamara Spann, ATC
Hughston Athletic Training Fellowship

The sport of wrestling is very tactile. With every move and every throw comes the risk of obtaining skin infections. The danger of skin infections is a growing concern among wrestlers, parents, coaches, and officials. Prevention and early diagnosis is very important.
One of the most important things to remember is proper hygiene. Athletes are encouraged to shower immediately after wrestling practice or competition. When showering, it is important to use a mesh scrub with a soap like Defense Soap. This aids in removing any unwanted bacteria and infections the athlete might have picked up during skin to skin contact 1 . Another important prevention technique is to thoroughly clean and disinfect all wrestling mats as well as equipment, including all uniforms and towels1, after every use. Athletes should also be discouraged from sharing such items as unwashed towels and uniforms even shoes and headgear. Following proper hygiene practices and thorough disinfection techniques can greatly decrease the risk of obtaining skin infections among wrestlers. Continue reading

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Dr. Happy Offers Advice About Preventing Skin Infections

Lots of athletes have been asking me about how to prevent skin infections such as Staph, while training. MMA, Thai boxing and Ju-jitsu are excellent sports for conditioning and competing. Because of the nature of the sport (submissions and knee sparring) competitors are at a greater risk of skin infections. Skin infections can be contagious and if left untreated can cause serious infections and even death. Currently MRSA is one of the greatest health risks in the country due to it’s resistance to antibiotics. If a gym becomes infected with staph it can be cited and closed by the health department.
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