Impetigo and Defense Soap

One of the greater health risks on the mat for combat athletes is Impetigo, a highly contagious bacterial skin infection.

According to, Impetigo can appear anywhere on the body, but usually attacks exposed areas, which makes the condition so dangerous. The official site of the Georgia High School Association ( tells us that there are two types of Impetigo – bullous and nonbullous. Bullous Impetigo appears as damp, red skin that resembles a burn that develops into a blister, filled with a clear or yellow fluid. The more-common nonbullous Impetigo presents with a yellow honey-colored crust over a red base.

Impetigo appears in plaques anywhere from dime- to quarter-size. The most highly-visable places where Impetigo is seen are on the face (especially around the nose and mouth), on arms and on legs.

In a worse-case scenario, Impetigo becomes ecthyma, a deeper form of the disease that, if left untreated, may cause permanent scars and pigment changes. In the worst-case scenario, Impetigo can cause post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, a severe kidney disease that happens in less than 1 percent of strep infection cases, and mainly in children.

When looking for products to combat Impetigo, some of the best are right here at Take, for instance, Defense Soap™ Super Shield Plus Laundry Treatment, a treatment which not only guards fabrics against Impetigo, but also MRSA, Ringworm, staph infection and Herpes. And it can be used with regular detergent to remove and keep away growth of bacteria, mold and fungi. This form of prevention/blocking is particularly important, since most people get Impetigo from physical contact with someone who has it, or from sharing clothes, bedding, towels or other objects.

How to prevent Impetigo

Defense Soap™ Super Shield Plus Laundry Treatment is just one of the steps to take in order to prevent Impetigo. Proper hygiene should be practiced implementing the use of antimicrobial like Defense Soap Bath Bars or Shower Gel. Activate your skins natural defenses pre competition with Defense Soap Barrier Foam and soon after with Defense Soap Wipes. Defense Healing Salve and Oils are effective in treatment should Impetigo be contracted.

Other key preventative measures, both to avoid Impetigo and/or not make the condition worse, include:

  • Using soap and water to clean skin
  • Regularly-taken baths/showers
  • Paying special attention to cuts, scrapes, bug bites, areas of eczema and rashes.
  • Covering sores with gauze and tape.
  • Washing hands thoroughly with soap on a regular basis.
  • Keeping fingernails cut short to make hand-washing more effective.

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