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Transcript of Scrum Pox
A tingling sensation near affected area
A cluster of clear, fluid-filled blisters that may be surrounded by redness
•Blisters and lesions usually heal within 7 to 10 days
Those with Herpes Gladiatorum infection are infected for life, may have periodic outbreaks, and can transmit the virus to others. Scrum Pox Causes Also called "Mat Herpes" is a skin infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), the same virus that causes cold sores on the lips. 30% to 90% of people are exposed to Herpes by adulthood but never have symptoms Facts Prognosis Antiviral medications such as acyclovir can be used to treat herpes gladiatorum. It is important to begin treatment with these medications as soon as the first symptoms are noted in order to achieve the greatest benefit.
Though Herpes Gladiatorum can be treated, once infected with the virus, a person is infected for life. People with herpes gladiatorum can have periods where the virus is inactive and cannot be spread to others. However, the virus can reactivate at any time and be transmitted to others, even if there are no symptoms (such as sores). How it can be spread Direct contact with lesions
Sharing beverages, eating utensils, cell phones or lip balm Affects Athletes with herpes gladiatorum may develop lesions anywhere on the face or body. HSV-1 infection of the eye can be serious and requires immediate medical attention. Sources health.ny.gov
"Scientists in Japan believe that a strain of herpes virus called BgKL has replaced the strain BgOL as one of the most common and pathogenic, causing a skin disease in sumo wrestlers," said Dr Kazuo Yanagi from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan..
The researchers looked at samples taken from 39 wrestlers diagnosed with herpes gladiatorum, who were living in 8 different sumo stables in Tokyo between 1989 and 1994. Tests showed that some of the cases were primary infections, being the first time the wrestlers had been infected. However, in some cases the disease had recurred several times."Herpes virus can hide in nerve cells for long periods of time and symptoms can reappear later," said Dr Yanagi. "Our research showed that the BgKL strain of herpes is reactivated, spreads more efficiently and causes more severe symptoms than BgOL and other strains. This is the first study to suggest that the recurrence of herpes gladiatorum symptoms in humans may depend on the strain of virus.
"Professional sumo wrestlers live and train together in a stable called a heya. This makes studying the spread of herpes virus easier. Their living arrangement suggests that the source of primary herpes infections among sumo wrestlers in each stable was their fellow wrestlers.
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