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    FYI:
    If you think you have a spider bite that is mildly infected go see a doctor immediately, even if you think it is pretty innocuous.
    What you may have is actually a skin staph infection, the bad kind. This apparently isn’t uncommon in contact type sports (i.e. football, wrestling etc.) but it often is misdiagnosed in the early stages. Proper diagnosis and prescription of antibiotics (take the full cycle you jerks) should clear it up pretty quick.

    Easy diagnosis (from someone not in the health profession):
    While the bite(s) appear to be healing a “core” will form which pulls out (it is somewhat yellowish and in color look like the puss you’d get with a pimple or ingrown hair). These cores when pulled out leave a large hole at the site of infection which can extend pretty deep depending on location. Cores can be slightly smaller in diameter than a pencil eraser and a centimeter or more in length.

    In “my friend’s” experience you can continue to train while under treatment. Make sure (this one is a duh) that you always keep the site of infection wrapped and if there is any drainage make sure it is heavily covered up and bandaged. This is where a gi is probably extra-helpful, even though you probably randomly got it from someone you train with (it hangs out with no effect on many people’s skin).

    So not only do we have to worry about ringworm, we’ve also got staph to worry about. Have fun.

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    Another reason to not be a dirty bastard

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    Thanks for that "core" image, Doch. That one's gonna haunt me.
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    Another reason to hope that others aren't dirty bastards, too.

    Be aware that there are some nasty multiresistant strains of staph around. If antibiotics don't work quickly, go back to your doctor.
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    By core you also mean cysts?
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    Yes, pus! Lovely, lovely pus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadpan Scientist
    Another reason to not be a dirty bastard
    My limited understanding is that the bacteria lives on you anyway and it is more a matter of it "acting up" at times. Or compromising your immune system at the wrong time. Not so much a matter of hygeine as it is pretty much omnipresent.

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    Cuts, scrapes and bruises (which we all NEVER get, right?) can provide the bacteria that do indeed happily live on your skin 24/7 with a chance to get down and party.
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    I wouldn't get to paranoid. I talked with a dermatologist about the risks and she said not to worry. Shower after working out, wash the gi after every use. If you see something slap some lamasil on it. If it still is not improved after a week see the doctor. Skin problems are a possibility, but they are for the most part minor problems and easily dealt with.
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    staph kills people, actually.

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