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4- Skin diseases

Skin disease, transmitted through skin to skin contact, are most common amongst grapplers. Some forms of infection can also spread through the contact of contaminated mats, equipment and towels.

Skin disease transmitted through the practice of martial arts could be the subject of an entire book but for the purpose of this article, we shall limit ourselves to enumerating the most common diseases as listed by Brian Jones PhD in an article published in the journal of Asian martial arts.

Fungal infections

Tinea Corpolis
(Ring Worm)
ring_worm_on_the_arm
photograph courtesy of
http://phil.cdc.gov

 

Tinea pedis
(Athlete's foot)
230px-Athletes
photograph taken from
wikipedia  

Tinea Cruris

(Jock itch)

 

Jock itch manifests itself on the groin area.

 

 

Bacterial infections

Staph Infection (Impetigo)240px-Staphylococcus_aureus_01

SEM micrograph of S. aureus colonies;
photograph courtesy of
Cellulitis and Erysipelas 
230px-Cellulitis3
Infected left shin
photograph courtesy of
RafaelLopez for wikipedia 

Infectious folliculitis

 

No image available

Methicillin-resistant staphyloccucus aureus
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 SEM micrograph of MRSA.
photograph courtesy of

 

 

Viral infections

Herpes gladiatorum

 

No image available

Warts (verruca)

foot_warts

multiple warts on big toe
photograph courtesy of Raimar for wikipedia 

Molluscum contagiosum

230px-Molluscaklein

photograph courtesy of E van Herk for wikipedia 

Herpes Zoster (Chicken Pox)

230px-Herpes_zoster_neck

photograph courtesy of John Pozniak for wikipedia

 

Parasitic infections

Scabies

Scabies Acarodermatitis_Hand

Scabies on hand
photograph is courtesy of Sven Teschke for wikipedia

Pediculosis (Lice)

230px-Pediculus_humanus_var_capitis

photograph courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for wikipedia

As a general rule of thumb, good personal hygiene and frequent washing of training clothes, mats and equipment may greatly decrease the incidence of skin infections. For detailed information on prevention, symptoms and treatment of skin infections, please consult a competent health professional.

 



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 21:36  

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