3 Skin Rashes Hockey Players Know Too Well
Hockey is an exciting sport, but playing also comes with a price. Many hockey players–whether you’re a 10-year-old on the field or a NHL player–suffer from various skin conditions. Just last month, Chicago Blackhawks announced that Marian Hossa will miss the entire 2017-18 NHL season because of a progressive skin disorder.
These 3 skin rashes are the most common and irritating among hockey players:
This skin condition is characterized by small blisters, which vary in size and often appear in clusters. They usually combine to form larger blisters. These deep-seated blisters are filled with fluid. They typically occur on the sides of fingers, toes, palms or soles. You may also experience excessive sweating at the affected areas.
Eczema blisters are often painful and itchy. When they clear up, the blisters can become dry and flaky, revealing the tender skin underneath. This causes scaly patches on the skin, which then get red and crack.
For hockey players, they usually appear where the skin gets in contact with the pads and gloves.
“When I was young, I remember getting an itchy bumpy rash under hockey pads (elbows and knees specifically),” said an anonymous First Derm user. Another said, “When I was 13 I had a bad eczema on my hands from wearing hockey gloves.”
2. Tinea Pedis (or Athlete’s Foot)
This particular fungus grows best in dark, moist, and warm environments. And skates are the perfect condition for this kind of fungal growth. Moist peeling irritable skin between the toes are common symptoms of tinea pedis (or athlete’s foot).
3. Abscess (or Boil)
Hockey is after all a contact sport. MRSA is a type of staph infections and is extremely contagious. It can manifest itself in the form of abscess (or boil). An abscess is a tender mass that is usually surrounded by pink or red discoloration of the skin. The middle is filled with pus and debris. It causes a firm reddened bump that may increase in size. Areas around hair follicles can be inflamed and aggravate the development of abscesses.
Abscesses are painful to touch and can appear anywhere on your body. Sharing towel in the locker room or simply touch an infected skin area of another person puts you at risk of MRSA.
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