Athletes ‘prone to skin infections’By ANI
Sunday, February 6, 2011
WASHINGTON - Dermatologists are urging athletes and coaches to be aware of the most common skin conditions caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi that occur in teammates and educating them on how to prevent a widespread outbreak.
“Outbreaks of ringworm, herpes, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have occurred at the high school, collegiate, and professional level throughout the world,” said Brian B. Adams, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.
“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.”
Adams advised athletes, coaches and athletic trainers to be aware of the numerous skin conditions that can plague anyone participating in team sports and to see a dermatologist immediately if any type of unusual rash, sore or change in the skin occurs.
Speaking at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), dermatologist Adams discussed skin conditions resulting from skin-to-skin contact among athletes and how to prevent outbreaks in sports teams. (ANI)