High-school wrestling is super-gross. Ever see a dude with "cauliflower ear?" Yikes. And that's not even a disease. The mats that sweaty, pubescent boys roll around on are essentially large petri dishes, rife with bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Case in point: the Eastmont School District in Wenatchee, where the wrestling season has just been canceled after wrestlers came down with four different infections.
The Wenatchee Worldreported Wednesday that Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen threw in the towel on the season after wrestlers contracted herpes simplex 1, impetigo, molluscum, and ringworm.
Here's the paper's breakdown on each:
Herpes simplex 1: A virus that can cause skin lesions. It's the same strain that causes cold sores. There is no cure, but oral anti-viral medication can treat or suppress outbreaks. If the virus gets into the eyes, it can cause blurred vision, redness and sensitivity to light.
Impetigo: A skin infection caused by staph or strep bacteria. It's treatable with antibiotics, but in some cases the bacteria can infect blood and bones.
Molluscum: A pox virus that causes raised bumps, either alone or in groups, to appear on the outer skin layer. The bumps can be burned off or treated with creams or oral medication.
Ringworm: A common fungus that infects the skin, feet (athlete's foot), groin (jock itch), and the scalp. It can be treated with oral or topical anti-fungal medication.
So the kids can't finish their season, but they still have to show up for school.
Pretty much a lose-lose all around.
Stick to football, boys--concussions and torn ligaments are way cooler than herpes and ringworm.