Skin infections in athletes

Dermatol Nurs. 2008 Feb;20(1):39-44.

Abstract

Athletes represent a unique group of dermatologic patients. Intense and close contact with others' skin primarily places the athlete at risk for infection. Failure to acknowledge the role of sports participation in the genesis of skin infections leads to delayed diagnoses, inappropriate therapy, and subsequent epidemics. Simple prevention measures curb epidemics and allow teams to practice and compete without disruption.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chemoprevention
  • Dermatology / methods
  • Dermatomycoses / microbiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Care / methods
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / microbiology
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / diagnosis*
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / etiology
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / therapy*
  • Skin Diseases, Parasitic / parasitology
  • Skin Diseases, Viral / virology
  • Specimen Handling / methods
  • Sports Medicine / methods
  • Sports*
  • Wrestling