Mrsa Symptoms | Athletes Vulnerable To Skin Diseases, Say Doctors


Dermatologists in the United States are now trying to educate sports athletes and their coaches about the common skin diseases that can occur due to bacteria, viruses and fungi and how they can prevent them.

In the annual meeting at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Brian B. Adams, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, spoke about the skin diseases that could arise owing to the to the skin-to-skin contact among athletes.



Skin diseases common among athletes

Adams said that outbreaks of skin conditions like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), ringworm and herpes are quite common throughout the world among high school students, college goers and professional athletes who indulged in regular sports activities.

“These skin conditions are highly contagious and can spread through sports teams quite quickly, especially if they are not immediately diagnosed and contained. That is why athletes need to be aware of these risks and how to spot the warning signs of a skin infection,” he added.

Two common skin conditions seen among wrestlers are impetigo and herpes simplex. Impetigo is highly contagious skin disease in which crusted, red patches develop on the skin and are often irritatingly itchy. These often develop into blisters.

Impetigo is often caused by MRSA, a strain of bacteria that is resistant to common antibiotics. Symtpoms of MRSA infection can often manifest as pimple or abscess with draining pus.

MRSA infections are frequently seen among footballers. On the other hand, herpes simplex can lead to blisters around the mouth, nose, buttocks or genitals. Among fungal infections, ringworm and athlete’s foot were most frequent among athletes.

Prevention better than cure

Mr. Brian urged athletes, coaches and those active in sports to be aware of these risks and to see a doctor immediately if any symptoms are noticed, even if it is a simple rash or sore.

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