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Sports-related infections

There are a number of reasons why an athlete may contract a skin infection: skin-to-skin contact, shared equipment and towels, or poor, general hygiene. Count on the Sports Medicine Clinic at Children’s for an accurate diagnosis – and a quick start of treatment.

Cases we’re likely to encounter:
• Ringworm (Tinea Corporis) - different fungi, depending on their location on the child's body, cause ringworm. It is caused by a fungal infection – not an actual worm.
• Impetigo - a superficial infection of the skin caused by bacteria
• Folliculitis - the inflammation of hair follicles due to an infection, injury, or irritation. It is characterized by tender, swollen areas that form around hair follicles, often on the neck, breasts, buttocks, and face.
• Carbuncles - clusters of boils usually found on the back of the neck or thigh.
• Cold Sores - small blisters around the mouth, caused by the herpes simplex virus. Transmitted by skin-to-skin contact
• Herpes Gladiatorum – a skin infection, primarily seen among wrestlers, caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1)
• Molluscum contagiosum and verruca - Small raised pink lesions/bumps with a dimple in the middle that are caused by viruses. When the bumps are present, this condition is contagious.

Sports Related Skin Infections Position Statement and Guidelines - April 2016

General Guidelines for Sports Hygiene, Skin Infections and Communicable Diseases - October 2015