TopMD Skin Care Offers Skin Hygiene Tips to Help Prevent Deadly Bacteria That Affects National Football League, Midwest High School Athletic Teams

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MRSA is a serious skin infection that is becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly among athletes – from pint-sized wrestlers to professional football players. Vigilant skin hygiene is crucial to preventing skin infections. Medical experts recommend use of an effective cleanser like CLn SportWash or CLn BodyWash products that are non-drying and preserved with sodium hypochlorite.

“The superbug can spread to sports equipment, playing surfaces and by contact,“ says NYC Dermatologist Diane S. Berson, MD. “For proper skin hygiene, use an effective cleanser like CLn SportWash that is non-drying and preserved with sodium hypochlorite."

In recent months, published reports on August 23 and September 24, 2013, announced that two Midwest high school teams and the star kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were treated for an outbreak of MRSA, a potentially deadly and often antibiotic-resistant bacterium.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by staph bacteria that is highly contagious and becomes resistant to the frontline antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been cautioning against antibiotic overuse and antibiotic resistance. On September 16, the CDC issued an alarming public health warning, and for the first time categorized antibiotic-resistant organisms by threat level. It also called on doctors to be much more stringent about skin hygiene with their patients.

"MRSA is a serious skin infection that is becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly among athletes – from pint-sized wrestlers to professional football players," says Diane S. Berson, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Assistant Attending Dermatologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City. “The ‘superbug’ is nasty and can often be painful, spreading quickly to sports equipment, playing surfaces and by contact from one individual to another. This is a serious and growing public health threat.”

The CDC conservatively estimates that at least 23,000 people die in the U.S. because current drugs no longer stop the infections, with more than 2 million people contracting antibiotic-resistant infections each year. According to Dr. Berson, proper, vigilant skin hygiene is crucial to preventing skin infections. “Intact skin is natural protection but not if it's broken. Any open wound is like an open door. And once an outbreak occurs, it can be hard to contain and costly to eradicate from locker rooms, playing equipment, and other communal surfaces.”

Here are some factoids and tips from Dr. Berson to help stay skin healthy and prevent a bacterial outbreak:

1.    The best practice is a cool shower immediately after contact sports, exercise or activities where skin is prone to infection. Immediate showering after exercise reduces skin infection rate by 70%.

2.    Wash and dry athletic wear after each use.

3.    Look for an effective cleanser like CLn SportWash or CLn BodyWash products that are non-drying and preserved with sodium hypochlorite.

4.    The U.S. represents 4.6% of the global populations yet uses 46% of antibiotics dispensed in the world.

5.    Wear thick cotton socks and change them when wet to avoid blisters and irritation that can lead to sores and infections.

About TopMDTM SkinCare
Founded by inventor and cardiologist Dr. Azam Anwar and internationally renowned dermatopathologist Dr. Clay Cockerell, TopMD Skin Care released its premier product CLn® BodyWash in 2012. As an over-the-counter, non-prescription product, CLn BodyWash is an innovative, non-irritating gel cleanser designed to effectively cleanse skin prone to eczema, acne, infection and folliculitis. The cleanser has been clinically tested to be safe and effective in children (6 months and older). CLn BodyWash can be used in the shower or bath – head to toe – and emulates the effectiveness of a “bleach bath” with greater convenience and portability. Complementary brand products feature CLn SportWash, CLn Facial Cleanser, CLn Shampoo and soon to be introduced CLn Hand & Foot Wash. Learn more at http://www.clnwash.com.

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