Preventing ringworms and bacterias

This summer we had lot of problems in the gim with ringworms and bacterias. What do you advice about defenses with it? Work well products like this?:

I think it is an important thread.

ANY dandruff shampoo. Dandruff and ringworm come from the same bacteria. Use your dandruff shampoo like a body wash, and you're set.

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Recommendations for mat care & cleaning?

I apply lysol like a fiend, but I wonder if I could go even further with it. I use Zebra mats. Suggestions?

A. Clean Academy.
B. Wear Gi whilst training in said Academy.
C. Wash Gi & Self thoroughly when training is completed.
D. Repeat.

thank you very much for your information

"Rat out" anybody who has ringworm. As crappy as it sounds, tell your instructor who has it and keep them off the mats. Explain that it is in his best interests as a businessman in not spreading a fungus or bacteria through the gym. We had an outbreak a few months back, and I took some time off because they were allowed to roll with the area "taped up". As expected, the outbreak continued throughout the class, and a few students stopped coming all together. Isolate and eliminate.

Nizoral shampoo as a body wash. Works great.

Nizoral after each training session- read Stephan's article for proactive strategies.



But i think that the main problems with ringworms and bacterias:

  • when you train NoGi, you expose a bigger area
  • In Gi training, you expose hands, feets and the face

I can wear a long-sleeved rash guard, but my legs are exposed, like my feets, hands and face.

And as you say, take a shower with this product can be bad for our skin :-(

Its complicate !

tappedout5000: and what about use Nizoral two or three times per week as a prevention method in hands, feet and face?

"ANY dandruff shampoo. Dandruff and ringworm come from the same bacteria. Use your dandruff shampoo like a body wash, and you're set."

Reading this got me thinking. I mean I knew that the different dandruff shampoos have different ingredients (different active agents with different strengths), so my initial reaction was that it is not very likely that "ANY dandruff shampoo" would do the trick, at least not with the same efficiency. So I headed to a CVS/pharmacy to see what they had to offer, then did some web surfing and this is what I came up with:

Selenium sulfide, most of the anti-dandruff shampoos had this as active ingredient. The strength of the over-the-counter stuff was 1%. Stronger strengths (2.5%) are used to actually treat fungal skin infections (especially tinea versicolor).

Zinc pyrithione, this was second most popular ingredient. Same here as with the Selenium sulfide, stronger doses are used to cure skin infections, including ringworm, athletes foot, tinea, psoriaris etc.

Coal tar, this wasn't as popular as the two previous ingredients. Besides treating dandruff, can be used to treat psoriasis and lices. Does not seem to be used to treat fungal infections.

Ketokonazole (most known product being Nizoral) is also to treat infections such as ringworm, athletes foot and tinea. There is also a nice list of side effects for ketokonazole use, I guess it is mostly for higher doses/digested drugs, but some of those side effects don't look too nice.

So, to summarize a bit, I guess that using shampoos that include selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione or ketokonazole could be used to prevent fungal skin infections (don't think coal tar based dandruff shampoos would work that well), even though when actually treating those infections the strength should be higher.

One thing that I am not so sure about is that because the shampoos contain so low doses of the active agents, they might not do the job. In many cases it was also stated that you should leave the shampoo on your skin for 5-10 minutes.

So, it might be possible that if you just use the low dose shampoo for washing yourself quickly every day, you might actually grow a strain of fungus/bacteria that is resistant to that specific active agent, making it impossible to treat it with even stronger doses of that drug.

And now the disclaimer, I am just doing some internet searching and guessing here. I do not actually know these things for sure. Check the facts for yourself (preferably from medical doctors and pharmacists).