The tips to keep acne at bay may help other conditions. As will good sun protection, for direct damage, or the longer term possibility of skin cancer.
At a professional level, or for pleasure, participating in sports can be a significant part of our lives. This can bring many benefits, not least improved general health but there are risks to your skin.
Stress in a mechanical sense, or environmental factors may be damaging to the delicate layer which surrounds us. Sports facilities and the nature of contact sports are also tailor made for cross infection.
An essential rule is to seek diagnosis and treatment for existing conditions, before worsening them through activity. For fresh issues, see a consultant dermatologist with knowledge of sports related conditions.
Sports dermatology covers all aspects of your skin, where diagnosing a condition can range from straightforward, to quite challenging.
Mechanical trauma will generally be seen, from blisters, to callouses, corns and knuckle pads. Damage to deeper tissue often shows through, such as papules on your feet, a black patch on the heel, or rashes from heat exposure.
Even these fairly obvious issues can be misdiagnosed, or combined causes for inflammatory conditions such as dermatitis misunderstood. Sports dermatoses are as personal as any and need to be assessed accordingly.
The environment you exercise in matters, from the degree of sun exposure, to potential bacterial issues such as impetigo, or folliculitis. Infestations, including scabies, or viral and fungal diseases such as verrucas, or herpes can be sports conditions.
Diagnosis may come visually from an experienced consultant, although access to the latest equipment helps. From a digital dermascope to see your skin in microscopic detail, to a range of lasers, where they will assist with treatment.
Understanding your medical and family history can matter, or activities you perform, or special clothing worn. Programs can be set up for longer term monitoring, such as total body imagery, diagnosis and care should be about the future.
Common skin issues are part of sport, as are unique conditions, participants can be subject to repeated physical stress, or an unusual environment. Alongside protecting your health, our objective is to see you can return to that environment.
In cases where pre-existing dermatological conditions have been traced, or ways to avoid ongoing causes identified, your activity can be more enjoyable. A sports dermatologist should understand that you want to compete, at your best.
The rest of life also needs consideration, sports related acne, or other visible issues which linger affect more than sport. Our London clinic is here to see that your skin is cherished, during and beyond activity.
To arrange an appointment with a consultant dermatologist, or simply to ask for advice, contact our team at any time. You will find they offer every facility you require and an understanding of your motivation.
You may find the options below useful:
- Further details on: Common Sports Conditions.
- How you can avoid: Sports Related Skin Issues.
- Full alphabetic index of: Dermatology Conditions.
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