With the story of Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal suffering a severe case of staph in his leg, there has been a lot of questions on what these infections are all about. I know first-hand about the problems with these very dangerous infections.
The base name for MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) is basically a very severe staph infection. A staph infection looks like a form of a pimple but has a bigger infection that just acne. The main thing is if you see something that looks like a pimple do not squeeze it and leave it alone. Everybody has staph in their system it’s just a matter of whether it decides to move onto a cut or open sore to cause infection. My personal story was a little more difficult.
Back when I was a freshman in college, I played baseball and other sports that caused numerous amounts of sweating. I also made the mistake of sharing towels with others and mixing perspiration with my body. Needless to say I was diagnosed with MRSA on the back of my neck and the few weeks I dealt with it, wasn’t enjoyable.
They did numerous tests on the “pimple” on the back of my neck as well as taking swabs of my nose to see if indeed the MRSA was colonized. Both were positive for the infection so I was put on heavy antibiotics as well as surgery done to the back of my neck to remove the lesion. Before going to the infectious disease doctor I didn’t know what the problem was but I felt my body shutting down.
I had a fever well above 102, my neck was painful to move and my legs felt like jello when walking. Those were serious signs and the doctors said it was a good thing I came in when I did for treatment. The experience was really a wakeup call and learning about these infections made me more cautious in the future.
The main problem that I was sharing towels with other people that also used them to cool off. Mixing sweat with another person causes the infection to kick in even faster and all that is needed is a little cut to start the chain reaction. Also I was told to start using Hibiclens in the shower which treats skin infections well and prevents from the staph infections to start colonizing on an open wound.
Now I don’t want people start living in a bubble and changing their lives dramatically, to avoid these infections. Everyone has this infection in their system but it all depends if and when it wants to expand to areas on your skin. With King Mo he has suffered a lot more than me but I understand the draining of the infection as well as the antibiotics he has to take.
With MMA fighters they have a higher elevated risk of infection because of the mats they use to either spar or grapple on, can either not be cleaned correctly or at times not at all. I’m sure the fighters know about the risk of MRSA, but for me I always make sure I take steps to avoid repeating history.
- Make sure you have your own towels to shower as well as wiping down your body with from sweat.
- Whatever you using in your sport make sure it is your own and you’re not sharing things that cause perspiration.
- Use Hibiclens in the shower to avoid any problems in the future with cuts or wounds.
- If you have something looks like acne, don’t squeeze it and let it dissipate on its own.
- If you don't feel like yourself and have a boil on your body, visit your doctor immediately.
I hope this gives you a little more detailed look on what the whole story is on staph infections. With athletes they have a higher chance of having it develop, so caring for your body before it does happen is definitely a must.
Doing the little things before the infection develops will help you in the long run and not deal with the problems that I and many others have dealt with.