Back to School and Staph Infections


Back to school means sports are ramping up and two a day practices in the heat are in full swing. With the increased heat and sweat come germs. Many times, what starts as a small cut can turn into a severe infection. Staph infections are caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus. Common symptoms of a staph infection include pus filled vesicles often surrounded by reddening of the skin, swollen at the area of contact, and tenderness. Staph bacteria can often imbed itself into turf, locker rooms, and other areas that are in constant contact with sweat and dirt. It is important to wash jerseys often and to clean any wounds thoroughly before and after practice. If any of these symptoms arise, please see your general physician so that a blood test can confirm if the infection is from Staph. Staph infections are highly contagious, so it is important to be aware of other teammates and the cleanliness of the locker room as a whole.

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Dr. Tommer Arbuckle received his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA, and continued his post-graduate education to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Dr. Arbuckle strives to maintain integrity, passion, and commitment with each patient he works with, allowing them to achieve their goals of optimal performance; he has committed himself to maintain a standard of care that utilizes the most up-to-date and effective techniques.