What is it?
Viral Infection Kinds: Herpes Simplex I (cold sores) or herpes gladiatorum (generally occurs on the face)–herpes gladiatorum known as mat herpes; herpes zoster (shingles)
Direct contact with the infected area; contact with mat that contacted the infected area; dirty clothing. **Must have a disruption in the skin to contract!**
**Herpes zoster (shingles) is not contagious. It usually follows the specific path of the nerve it lays dormant in, and generally occurs on the trunk.
Cluster of honey-colored bumps with a red base; may feel a tingling or irritation of affected area just prior to outbreaks; fever and general sickness a few days before outbreak. Looks similar to impetigo or folliculitis.
Symptoms occur within 2-7 days of exposure.
Recurrent outbreaks will usually occur in the same place and are generally less severe; fever, sun exposure, and stress can trigger recurrent outbreak. Often feel a burning or tingling in area prior to outbreak.
Must see physician, will prescribe oral medications, like Valtrex, help to increase healing time, and may prevent recurrent outbreak (start taking a few days before a large tournament or camp). Non-contact until all active lesions are dried up, or as directed by physician. May use a drying agent or astringent to accelerate crusting and drying of lesions. Never completely gets rid of the virus (lays dormant in the nerves).
Good hygiene. Keep all cuts, rashes, skin disruptions clean and covered during practice/competition. Keep all infected areas covered to prevent transmission to other athletes, even after active sites have dried up. Clean all mats and common areas.
For non-infected athletes wanting to prevent transmission from an infected teammate, take Valtrex as directed by physician (generally 500mg twice/day for 3 days).
Prior to large tournament or camp, take Valtrex, as directed by physician (generally 500mg daily beginning 3 days prior to the starting day and concluding 1 day after).