You may not really have thought about it before but since wrestling involves a lot of skin-to-skin contact it seems only obvious that skin problems may occur. Fortunately, it’s easy for your Brookline dermatologist Dr. Alan Rockoff to help you prevent these skin infections from happening in the first place. It’s important that families, coaches and players all know the risks of skin diseases and wrestling so that they can protect themselves. Here are some quick tips to protect wrestlers.
Examine your skin
You know your body best; therefore, it should be easy for you to be able to tell when something just isn’t right. This means that you should self-inspect your body everyday to check for anything that might be suspicious: a red patch, irritated or itchy skin, peeling, cracking, scratches, etc. If there is something that seems wrong then it’s time to turn to your skin doctor in Brookline for the answers.
Take a shower
Right after your game it’s important that the very next step is to wash away those germs that can get into the skin and cause some serious issues. When it comes to the type of body wash you use an antibacterial cleanser is best since it will target and kill the bacteria on the skin and prevent it from growing. Be sure to also dry off thoroughly after showering (particularly the feet, where fungal infections can form).
Don’t share equipment
It may seem easy to lend out socks, shoes or even headgear to fellow wrestlers. You may think you’re being nice by sharing your equipment but you may both be sharing more than you bargained for. This is one of the easiest ways to spread infection. From here on out, keep your gear to yourself.
Clean your equipment
It’s also important that you clean your gear after every use. This also includes clothing like shirts and socks. You should not be wearing dirty workout clothes more than once. This is another way to develop a skin infection. After every practice or game make sure your clothing and gear goes straight into the wash when you get home to avoid any potential skin problems.
Sometimes scratches and cuts happen. If you have any open wounds it’s important to prevent germs from getting inside the skin. This means bandaging these areas or considering wearing a full-length rash guard to prevent how much skin-to-skin contact happens during your wrestling match.
Whether you are experiencing signs of a skin infection or you just want to find the right acne treatment, trust the experts at The Rockoff Center for all your dermatological needs.