Wrestling, grappling, BJJ and MMA competitions should not include skin diseases. Learn more about these Skin problems and return to your beloved sport as soon as possible:
Commonly known as cold sores, herpes zoster, herpes simplex, herpes gladiatoruim, and fever blisters. This herpetic lesion is a type of skin infection that is contracted through direct contact with anyone who has it. The signs and symptoms are lesions with several clusters of blisters with clear fluid. Reddish skin around the lesions with burning, itching sensations. This will continue to persist usually within ten days and eventually dries out and develops a scab. Other symptoms are joint pain, sore throat, fever, and eye inflammation. You can resume grappling generally if you are already feeling well. If there are no blisters present and no new blisters have occurred in the past 72 hours. Completing a minimum of 5 days antiviral treatment prescribed by a doctor must also be taken.
Ringworm is fungal skin infection. In wrestling, it is commonly found on the upper body, arms, the head and neck. Ringworm is usually circular in shape with reddened skin. Raised scaly skin can also be found along the corners of the ring. Oral and topical anti-fungal medicines may be used to treat this infection. Depending on the area and the size of the infection treatment can last from 3 days up to 14 days. You can return to wrestling if the lesions are cleared.
It is a viral infection acquired through skin to skin contact. Spherical in shape with a depression in the middle. Pinkish lump appearance that are scattered in the affected area. You can compete in grappling sports if the lesions are gone at least 24 hours before your fight.
Impetigo is a bacterial infection on the skin that is commonly found on the face, neck and arms. Symptoms are blister-like appearance that eventually breaks and turn to brown colored crust. You can return to play if there is no lesion that will appear for at least 2 days. Antibiotics can be taken for faster treatment.
Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles that can occur in areas such as the thighs, arms and chest. This bacterial infection of the hair follicles is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Signs are reddish or whitish bumps at the hair lines. It can also appear in areas that have been shaved or taped frequently. Complications may also arise from this infection. Furuncles and carbuncles (small and large boils) are the most known complications. You can resume play after 2 days without any lesions. Antibiotics may be used to treat Folliculitis for 3 days or as prescribed by a physician.