What are the most common bacterial infections that occur in athletes, and how are they treated?

The most common bacterial skin infections to occur in athletes are impetigo and various staph infections, such as MRSA.

Impetigo is a cluster of red, round scaly patches that are often covered with a honey-colored crust. It often starts on the face or head, but it can spread anywhere.

Impetigo is contagious and can easily be caught through skin-to-skin contact or contact with a contaminated item or piece of equipment. It’s typically treated with an ointment or cream.

The most well-known staph infection common among athletes is MRSA, which is a serious infection that is resistant to most antibiotics. MRSA can be worse in wounds where it can become an abscess and need to be cut and drained. Often, MRSA is treated with repeated antibiotic therapy.

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