Staph - prevention & early stages
I just read the two major threads on staph (What the _uck is growing in my _ucking leg???? - No BS Martial Arts and http://www.bullshido.net/forums/show...aph+infection), after talking with my gf (who has had recurring MRSA in the past) about a weird pimple on my thigh, and one on my elbow that just went away.
I've been getting them for a while--usually they go away on their own, and this one is no different....but the consensus among me (the grappler/karateka), the gf (experience w/MRSA), my dad (general practitioner) and my mom (physician's assistant) is that it's recurring, not-serious-yet staph. Since I just chatted with them about it at home, my dad got me a small amount of the powerful skin washes.
My question is, when it's not becoming serious, but is just happening at the weird-non-pimples level...how do I prevent it from getting more serious?
The consensus I saw on the other thread (p15) was:
- Use antibacterial soap, especially after training
- Don't let your skin get dried out -- moisturize
- Use a pot sponge with circular motions to avoid ingrown hairs
- If it gets big, see a doctor immediately
- At the doc, get a culture and antibiotics
- Wash your farking gi
Did I miss anything? What are my odds once on this regime?
Thanks in advance.
I think I may indeed just switch to standup for a while. The question is, how do I treat it so that my time off rolling is well spent vis-a-vis healing?
You should really ask a doctor, but AFAIK, getting regular staph infections has nothing to do with getting MRSA. Your regular pimply things don't transform to MRSA sores because you roll. If they are going to be MRSA, they already are.
That makes sense. But of course we're just hypothesizing. Maybe if I take antibiotics for something else (like I did for appendicitis recently), it could change to MRSA? Unlikely but possible.
Originally Posted by HappyOldGuy
Really, I'm not worried about them turning into MRSA. I'm worried that the regular staph will turn into real golf-ball-sized sores.
To your list add the following:
1. Give yourself a full-body surgical scrub with Hibiclens every once in a while if you are in an environment that is conductive to staph (get the full body scrub once a day for several days while you have or are recovering from staph.)
2. Wash and rewash your bed sheets, towels, pillow cases with hot water, bleach and borox.
3. In case of recurrent infections, get brand new bed sheets, towels, pillow cases. Get new shaving blades, razors, nail clippers and twizzers.
4. Use an anti-microbial hand sanitizer on your face, hands, forearms and feet after grappling.
5. Consider using tree tea oil as a skin moisturizer - it's a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, great for ingrowth hairs and pimples.
6. Never pop pimples. If you do, nuke the **** out of it with iodine and cover it immediately with liquid band-aid.
7. Use liquid bandaid in all cuts, bruises and abrasions.
I guess that's it. If people think you are overdoing it with all of this, ****'em. They don't have to deal with the staph, you do.
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You, sir, are the man. I was hoping you'd swoop in. This goes exactly in line with what my-father-the-doc and my-gf-the-MRSA-experienced recommended.
Originally Posted by Teh El Macho
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Last edited by 1point2; 7/27/2008 1:30pm at .
Get something like staphaseptic too man, I use that after every shower, takes like 2-3 minutes but I put a dab on every red spot/sting spot.
Wash ASAP when you get back fron training, wash your gear every friggin time, lysol your gloves/cup all that (lysol kills staph/MRSA too, but not so good on cuts ;p). I also wear a long-sleeve rashguard every time I roll, I have like 6 and rotate them, wash with shorts/jock/hand-wraps on hot etc. 102 in the gym, I'm wearing the rashguard and a tee shirt.
Get a routine down and stick to it.
This bears repeating. No method will work if done half the time. Routines are key.
Originally Posted by DSL
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