How to Prevent and Treat Minor Athlete Infections and Other Annoyances

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As a child, I never would have guessed I’d one day be paid to type the phrase “jock itch.”

Actually, I’m sort of surprised now as an adult to find that jock itch, and its southerly cousin ringworm – is fungal, not viral or bacterial, and includes athlete’s foot and jock itch. Damp, warm, and dark areas of skin are most receptive to tinea, as are teens and adult men. The infection announces itself with an itchy and sometimes scaly rash. Keeping clean and dry is the best prevention; clothing made from natural fibers also can help. frostbite is another exposure risk for athletes, but I don’t think all that many are out practicing in the freezing cold,” Badger says.

Lest the world of sports start to sound positively terrifying, a little practical advice is in order. “Sports injuries are underneath the radar screen of 99.9% of the general public,” says David H. Janda, MD, director of the Institute for Preventive Sports Medicine. Janda can rattle off a frightening list of possible sports related traumas, but his most important take-home message is a simple one: Stay alert, because even minor afflictions like the ones described here deserve attention.