Athletes are exposed to environments where bacteria and microbes thrive, such as sports arenas, gyms, and locker rooms, which may lead to Staphylococcus aureus infections and fungal infections due to skin breakdown the athletes encounter during sports. Additionally, one-third of athletes are most likely colonized with a particularly harmful strain of Staph aureus—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Staph doesn’t affect just collegiate athletes. Many professional athletes have been diagnosed with serious Staph infections, and some athletes have had to end their careers due to these infections, including Brandon Noble of the Washington Redskins, Daniel Fells of the New York Giants, and Lawrence Tynes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The most effective method for decolonizing Staph is bleach baths and intranasal mupirocin. However, baths with sodium hypochlorite are cumbersome and bleach may not be used above the neck, thus leading to poor patient compliance. Chlorhexidine, the second option for decolonizing Staph, is not as ideal as bleach baths because it is drying and irritating to the skin, doesn’t lather well, and may not be used on the face or genitals. Antibiotics are not always effective in fighting Staph infections due to an increase in antibiotic resistance.
Dermatologists have adopted CLn® SportWash, a sodium hypochlorite wash that is safe to use from head to toe, as a preferred cleanser for athletes to help maintain excellent hygiene and decrease skin irritation. The cleanser may be used daily, and is applied in the shower and left on the skin for 2-3 minutes (or as otherwise directed by a healthcare provider). The sport wash has a 99.9% kill rate of Propionibacterium acnes (bacteria that causes acne) at 30 and 60 seconds; 98% kill rate of Staph at 2 minutes; and a 99.9% kill rate of Staph at 3 and 5 minutes.
In addition to skin infections that affect the body, athletes commonly experience fungus, dermatitis, and infection in the hands, feet, and nails. CLn® Hand & Foot Wash, a daily wash that contains salicylic acid and is preserved with sodium hypochlorite, is recommended for athletes in addition to using CLn® SportWash. CLn® Shampoo is ideal for athletes with normal to oily scalps that are prone to folliculitis, dermatitis, and dandruff. The shampoo, that contains moisturizers, conditioners, and salicylic acid, is recommended for use 1 to 3 times per week. All three of these CLn® products, when used together, help maintain optimum hygiene and decrease the risk of skin, scalp, and nail infections in athletes.
For more information on CLn® SkinCare, please visit: http://www.clnwash.com/sports.
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