Due to constant skin to skin contact during sports activity, Athletic skin infections are very prevalent. For a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, athletes experience a risk of fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Poorly managed infectious disease may lead in detrimental consequences to the patient’s health and sports success. A few factors that cause Athletic skin infections are contaminated gears and surfaces, poor hygiene practices and cramped living conditions. Athletes need to be educated on their role in minimizing the spread of highly infectious diseases like impetigo, mrsa and herpes. Essential prevention tips are to examine athletes for skin infections before each practice or competition and follow good personal hygiene. Establish a regular cleaning schedule for shared environmental surfaces such as wrestling mats or strength-training equipment. Regularly wash your gear and avoid sharing of towels and soaps. Without treatment, athletic skin infections can worsen. If you notice anything on the skin that itches, burns or is infected, consult a board-certified dermatologist or sports medicine doctor.
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