<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Mar. 11, 2014) —
Although many athletes understand the importance of keeping their muscles and bones healthy, it’s also important for them to take care of their skin. Sports equipment, especially protective helmets and pads, creates a warm, moist and dark environment for the germs that can cause skin infections to grow.
“Athletes are at an increased risk of skin infection, which can have serious consequences and may take them—and their teammates—out of the game for days, weeks or months,” said dermatologist Jeffrey V. Benabio, MD, FAAD, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. “If athletes notice anything on their skin that itches, burns or may be infected, they should see a board-certified dermatologist or sports medicine doctor.”
To help prevent skin infections, Dr. Benabio recommends that coaches, athletes and athletic trainers follow these tips:
“Without treatment, skin infections can worsen and may spread to other teammates,” said Dr. Benabio. “A dermatologist can prescribe effective treatments to help athletes get back in the game.”
These tips are demonstrated in “How to Prevent Skin Conditions in Athletes,” a video posted to the American Academy of Dermatology’s (Academy) website and the Academy’s YouTube channel. This video is part of the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series, which offers relatable videos that demonstrate tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series posts to the Academy’s website and YouTube channel each month.
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org