Skin Injuries Due To Sports
For those into sports, you might experience skin problems that are directly related to your exercise and fitness activities.
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Below are some common athletic ailments and what you can do to treat them and prevent them.
- Runner’s rump. This embarrassing affliction is caused by jogging and long-distance running. You’ll find redness and soreness (and possible swelling) in between the buttocks caused by the constant friction between the buttocks when running or jogging. You might also experience redness and raw skin on your upper thighs and groin area. This can be caused by your pants rubbing against the skin. Runner’s rump will disappear by itself in a day or two if you’ll cut back on the running for a few days. If your pants are the problem, consider buying some of the silky, nylon running shorts or some Lycra leggings to run in. These fabrics are not as rough or coarse as some other fabrics and might be easier on your skin.
- Jogger’s nipples. This is another embarrassing ailment that plagues runners. This can happen to almost anyone who jogs, but it is more common in long-distance and marathon runners. Jogger’s nipples result from the rubbing of the nipples against coarse fabric for long periods of time. The problem can be as simple as mild irritation or as serious as actual hemorrhaging. If your case is serious, you need to see your doctor. Otherwise, most cases of jogger’s nipples will go away if you’ll take a few days off the running schedule. To avoid this problem, put some good lotion or tape on the affected areas before running. Men should try to avoid shirts made from rough fabrics. Wear soft cotton or silky nylon shirts to cut down on the friction and irritation. Women should buy proper sports bras made with soft fabric. Make sure the bra fits correctly to avoid the bra shifting and moving while you are running.
- Surfer’s nodules. These are small tumor-like bumps that appear on your kneecaps, shin bones or ankles where your skin comes into contact with the surfboard. The nodules are your body’s attempts to heal damaged tissues. Stay away from the surfboard for a while to let them heal.
- Black palm. Golfers, tennis players, basketball buffs and weightlifters all have this kind of problem from time to time. Black palm is just what it sounds like — a bluish-black discoloration of the palm of the hand. In other words, the palm of your hand looks like one huge bruise. This results from sudden, choppy movements that rip and tear the delicate blood vessels in your palm. Just like a bruise, these will go away over time on their own. To avoid this problem in the future, weightlifters should consider buying some padded gloves to help cushion their hands. Golfers and tennis players can use athletic gloves (like batting gloves used in baseball).
- Tennis and skier’s toe. This painful ailment is the bruising and discoloration of the big toe due to repeated and sudden starts and stops that jam the big toe into the front of the shoe. Joggers and racquetball players also have this problem occasionally.
For relief, soak your feet in warm water after your activity, then get off your feet. Take a pain reliever (aspirin or acetaminophen) if the pain is too bad.
To avoid this problem, keep your toenails trimmed and wear properly fitting shoes.
Sporting shoe salespeople can help you pick out a shoe for your activity that fits you properly.
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