Infection Fighting Tips

Bacteria called Staphylococcus or “Staph” cause many infections. It is a bacterium that most of us have living in our nose and on our skin. Staph infections cause pimples, boils, and abscesses.  A subtype of Staph bacteria is called MRSA.  Because of MRSA, ANY Staph infection in an athlete should be checked out and cleared by a medical professional BEFORE you train.

The first signs of a Staph infection are easy to miss. They can be as simple as a red bump on the skin. If you notice a rash on your skin that becomes more painful, develops pus-like drainage or seems to be spreading see a doctor and have it checked. Infection can occur from getting a scratch on our skin, direct contact with an open wound or from exposure to a towel, piece of equipment that has touched a contaminated wound.

The best defense against skin diseases like Ringworm, MRSA or a Staph infection is proper hygiene:

  • Wash hands with Defense Soap and water frequently to remove skin funk
  • Keep cuts and abrasions covered during practice and wash them frequently
  • Avoid contact with other person’s wounds
  • Don’t share towels, clothing or equipment (like boxing gloves) with others
  • Bathe with Defense Soap or use Defense Wipes as soon after practice and play as possible to clean off mat grime
  • Change clothes frequently and don’t leave wet, dirty clothes in the locker to incubate until the next training
  • Early reporting and proper treatment of skin lesions by an athlete is key to preventing it from spreading
  • Avoid using antibacterial soap

In the event, you do become infected.  Defense Essential Oil can be applied directly to an infected area three times a day. We also highly recommend applying Defense Soap Healing Salve over the essential oil 30 minutes later.  The healing salve contains 10% of our active ingredients with Vitamin A, and E added to help heal the skin.  The healing salve also works well on cleaning and protecting scratches, scrapes and mat burns.

Most of Defense Soap's products are 100% natural, contain no chemicals and are biodegradable.
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