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ASK THE EXPERT: Protecting yourself from staph infections – Valley Stream, New York

Valley Stream, New York 2021-10-15 10:00:11 –

Greenville, South Carolina (WSPA) – Autumn sports are on track.

Health experts warn that there may be health risks such as staphylococcal infections, changing rooms, gyms, or lurking in teams.

As part of the “Ask the Expert” series BonSecours St. Francis Health, 7News Taylor Murray talked with a sports and family medicine doctor about protecting himself from staphylococcal infections.

“Staphylococcus infection is a skin infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus.”

Dr. Nathan Gask / Sports and Family Medicine Physician, Bon Secours St. Francis Health

NS CDC In recent years, it has been reported that staphylococcal infections are increasing nationwide.

Dr. Nathan Gask, a sports and family medicine doctor, says there are more than 30 strains. Some are difficult to handle.

“MRSA is also a staphylococcal infection, but it is methicillin resistant, which means it is usually a little more dangerous and resistant to certain antibodies,” said Dr. Gask.

Skin infections are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or blood and tend to spread easily among athletes.

“They often sweat. They often exchange different materials in the locker room, so it’s very common to be sent across,” said Dr. Gask.

It often starts small and may be mistaken for an insect bite.

“Usually you have redness and softness around you, and a little swelling around that area,” said Dr. Gask.

If in doubt, check out as untreated staphylococcal infections can be fatal.

“Staphylococcal infections can enter the bloodstream, which usually causes systemic symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, chills, and a bit of confusion,” said Dr. Gask.

To prevent staphylococcal infections in changing rooms, gyms, or teams .. Dr. Gask says hygiene is very important.

“If you come into contact with other players after every exercise event, we recommend taking a shower and cleaning immediately.”

Dr. Nathan Gask / Sports and Family Medicine Physician, Bon Secours St. Francis Health

Try to keep the locker room as clean as possible.

“Make sure you haven’t used your old socks, shin pads, or equipment multiple times without washing, cleaning, or sterilizing them,” said Dr. Gask.

Most staphylococcal infections are treated with antibiotics. Resistant bacteria and serious infections may require IV antibiotics or drainage.

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