Print, Share, or View Spanish version of this article
Most skin conditions do not affect sports
participation. As a general rule, young people with skin conditions should be
allowed to participate in sports as long as there is no risk of blood or body
fluid coming into contact with other athletes. Skin conditions that may affect
participation can be divided into temporary and long-term conditions.
Temporary skin conditions that may affect sports
Skin injuries. Injuries
like cuts and scrapes must be covered to prevent blood or body fluid
from coming into contact with another player.
Friction blisters. These
can be prevented by drying the feet, lubricating with petrolatum, and
ensuring proper shoe fit. Blisters already formed can be left alone and
covered with a bandage or carefully drained. The top of the blister
generally should not be removed.
Friction of fabric against the nipples can cause chafing and bleeding.
It can be prevented in women by the use of sports bras, and in men by
applying petrolatum or tape, or wearing synthetic or silk shirts.
Poison ivy/oak. This rash
is due to allergy to the plants. It is not contagious. However, open
sores or blisters must be covered so that no fluid can come in contact
with another player.
Athletes with visible signs of skin infection
should not be allowed to participate in contact, collision, or limited-contact
sports. This can help prevent the spread of infection to other athletes. These
Fever blisters and cold
sores. These are caused by the herpesvirus. They look like
clusters of small blisters that soon dry out and form scabs.
Herpes gladiatorum. A type
of herpes infection in wrestlers causing lesions on the skin. This
infection is very contagious and can spread quickly among teammates or
opponents. These look similar to fever blisters at other places on the
Boils and impetigo. Boils
are tender red knots with small white or yellow pus heads on top.
Impetigo has large blisters filled with pus or shallow raw areas covered
with yellow scabs. These infections are usually caused by
Staphylococcus bacteria. Sometimes the
Staphylococcus can be treated easily with
antibiotics. At other times, however, it may be an antibiotic-resistant
strain (also called MRSA). This resistant germ can
cause serious illness if not recognized and treated early.
Ringworm. This infection is
caused by a fungus, similar to the fungus that causes athlete’s
foot. It may look like a round or oval patch with pink or red raised
edges covered by fine flakes of skin. The center may look normal.
Ringworm fungal infection in wrestlers is commonly called tinea
Scabies. A very itchy rash
that is highly contagious. It looks like small pink or red bumps and is
often found on the hands between fingers and on the wrist.
Athletes with long-term skin problems are not
usually limited in their sports participation. Some conditions require special
care to prevent making the skin problem worse. This includes
Psoriasis and vitiligo.
Athletes need to protect their skin from scrapes to avoid making the
skin problem flare.
Sun sensitivity problems.
Athletes should use sunblock and wear hats and sun-protective
disorders. Athletes must use protective padding and avoid
friction injuries as much as possible.
Hives. Athletes may have
flares during sports activities and should have medicine available.
The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.
If you think that you are having a medical emergency,
call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!
And when in doubt, call your doctor NOW
or go to the closest emergency department.
By using this website, you accept the information provided herein "AS IS." Neither RemedyConnect nor the providers of the information contained herein will have any liability to you arising out of your use of the information contained herein or make any express or implied warranty regarding the accuracy, content, completeness, reliability, or efficacy of the information contained within this website.
RemedyConnect, Inc. has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website: http://www.remedyconnect.com.
Acquisition of Information through PMD
We do not acquire any more information about website visitors than is required by law or is otherwise necessary to provide a high level of service efficiently and securely. Our site's registration form requires users to give us contact information (e.g., their name and e-mail address) and demographic information (e.g., children's birth months, but not birth dates). We use customer contact information from the registration form to (1) send the user pertinent medical and parenting information and (2) allow your local health provider lists of who is registering on that provider's site as a parent/guardian, staff member, doctor, or visitor. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.
We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Website. Your IP address is used to help identify you and to gather broad demographic information.
Demographic and profile data is also collected at our site. We may use this data to tailor the visitor's experience at our site, showing them content that we think they might be interested in, and displaying the content according to their preferences.
Our site may use order forms to allow users to request information, products, and services.
Your Doctor's Right to Privacy
We will respect your doctor's right to privacy. A doctor typically does not give his/her e-mail address to the parents/guardians of patients. We will not provide the e-mail addresses of doctor(s) in the local practice to users of their site without the doctor(s)' permission. Their site is restricted to use by whomever they wish, and they may deny access to their site to one or more prior users. In unusual cases, doctors may change their private site's access code and arrange for us to e-mail the new access code to approved users.
This site contains links to other sites. RemedyConnect.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Websites. See Disclaimers.
Disclosure to Third Parties
We will provide individually-identifiable information about website users to third parties only if we are compelled to do so by order of a duly-empowered governmental authority, we have the express permission of the visitor, or it is necessary to process transactions and provide you services from our affiliates: Live Agent Answering Service, Digital Answering Service, Medical Answering Service and Pediatric Answering Service.
Privacy and Our Business Partners
This site may make chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. For further information regarding our security, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any concerns regarding the security of information, please do not provide any information to RemedyConnect, Inc. until you are comfortable with our security measures.
You may correct or update your User Registration information at any time, by visiting the User Registration section and providing your personal password that you set at registration. If need be, please email us at email@example.com.
Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving e-mail communications from our partners or us, except communications approved by your doctor's practice office. To so opt-out, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To be removed as a user, please email us at the same address. If need be, you may mail requests to us at RemedyConnect, Inc., 9200 E. Mineral Avenue, Suite 100, Centennial, CO 80112. Our telephone number is 303-793-0703.
Contacting the Website
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Website, you can contact us by email at email@example.com or by mail at our address above.