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MRSA In The Lockeroom: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention

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As hockey players, we have other concerns in the locker the locker room besides the normal head cold or the flu. There is something worse that can linger on your wet gear and that is called MRSA. This is an antibiotic strain of staphylococcus that grows out of the natural bacteria that is found in your sweat. There are some precautions you can take to reduce your risk of transmission. 

  • Wash your gear when ever possible since this is a bacteria growth.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Wear full undergarments under your gear. This  provides a barrier between your skin and the gear making it ideal for those who suffer from  eczema.

Here are the symptoms that you should go see a doctor for if you suspect that you may have MRSA. 

  • Fever

  • Rash

  • Redness

  • Puss or discharge

Your doctor will decide the best course of treatment that could end up in surgery in a worse case scenario.  Let this not be a locker room problem this season. 

 

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