Jul 11, 2008

Punch Kick Choke's Guide to Preventing Staph Infections From Training

Staph is a scary, scary part of training Martial Arts, and obviously, Grappling Arts and MMA have the highest risk. What starts off looking like pimples soon redden, grow, and spread- leading soon to pain and misery if not treated early. Ask Kevin Randleman.

and so...
The Punch Kick Choke Guide to Preventing Staph Infections

How you know you have Staph/Should get it checked immediately:

Do you have a fever?
Are the pimples open wounds?

Is the area red and warm?
Is it getting worse?

If you answered yes to these questions (Fever isn't always present, however, until later stages of the infection) go to your doctor immediately.

The best approach to preventing a Staph infection is Good Hygiene:
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently.

  • Keep cuts and abrasions covered during practice and wash them frequently with soap and water.

  • If you are training in MMA nd No-Gi Grappling, consider wearing a rash guard. Wash your rash guard after each training session.

  • Avoid contact with other persons’ wounds, and inform them of open wounds.

  • Don’t share towels, clothing or equipment with others.

  • Shower as soon as possible after practice.

  • Gyms/Clubs/Individuals should establish regular schedules for cleaning any equipment that is shared. I recommend cleaning mats twice a day for a gym, just once after class for clubs and single classes. Clean Gloves and Pads at least once a day for gyms and others.

  • Buy your own hand wraps, gloves, and pads.

  • Change clothes frequently and only wear clean, washed clothes to practice.

  • Early reporting and proper treatment of skin lesions is extremely important.

Here are some well-known disinfectants for cleaning:

  • 1:100 (I'd prefer 1:75) solution of household bleach and water made fresh every 24 hours

  • 70% Isopropyl alcohol (Rubbing alcohol)

  • Waterless antiseptic hand cleanser

  • Hydrogen Peroxide/germicidal wipes

  • Soap and water as a last resort

Other infections of the skin that you should look out for:
  • Herpes
  • Chicken pox
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo
  • Folliculitis
As someone with eczema, I know all about the dangers of Staph and other skin-borne diseases. Please, do your part in prevent the spread of these painful and potentially fatal germs.


Full article here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Avoiding-Staph-Infections-from-Training-in-Martial-Arts


Anonymous said...

Holy shit! I have eczema too!
Itchy brothers in jits! ^^ lol.

I love the blog- keep up the good work.

Tango said...

Just a note for those who do contract Staph:

See your doctor immediately and get them to swab it. They may need prescribe antibiotics, and which antibiotics they recommend will depend greatly on the results of the swab (for MRSA, generally).

Make sure you keep your infection clean with soap/water and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol helps keep the sores dry, which reduces the change of spreading.

I also highly, highly recommend Tea Tree Oil. I've gotten Staph four times during training (over 6 years or so), and tea tree oil is the only thing I've found that can clear up the infection in a week without anti-biotics.

Good luck and safe training.

Punch Kick Choke said...

Great tips- I've heard that Tea Tree oil's a lifesaver as well.

Erik M said...

good, informational post