Olympic athletes battle skin problems

Did you know skin problems rank among athletes’ most common complaints? From dry skin to skin cancer, skin irritations can be a hindrance for a top ranked athlete.

A little known problem

From cyclists to swimmers, every athletic category has its potential for skin problems. “Dermatological conditions are an increasing cause of medical problems for Olympic athletes and can be harmful and even prohibitive for competition, but our review did not find a wealth of medical literature in this area,” Jacqueline F. De Luca, M.D., a resident in the dermatology department at Wake Forest Baptist said.

“This is unfortunate because although most athletes present with many common and easily identifiable dermatoses, rarer sports-related conditions also exist that may confound some physicians and create the potential for misdiagnosis and unnecessary procedures.”

Attracting attention

As the summer Olympics in London draw near, De Luca would like to use the opportunity to draw attention to the problem.

 “The extreme nature of their training, and their constant environmental exposures to heat, sweat, trauma, sun and other factors, can lead to health issues that affect their performance ability. That’s true for all athletes,” Adams said. “The upcoming summer Olympics is a great opportunity to highlight the skin issues that can afflict athletes everywhere.”

 Well balance diet helps skin

Eating a well-balanced diet helps insure that your body gets all the vitamins it needs to maintain healthy skin. The following nutrients help the life of your skin:

  • Vitamin A – Helps maintain healthy, smooth skin and hair
  • Riboflavin (B1) – Helps prevent skin disorders, especially around the nose, lips and mouth
  • Niacin – Helps prevent skin disorders, especially on parts of the body exposed to the sun
  • Vitamin B6 – Helps prevent skin disorders and cracks around the mouth
  • Vitamin C – Keeps skin smooth
  • Vitamin D – Helps keep skin healthy.
  • Drink water