There is a serious infection spreading through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locker room sidelining many of the players. The cause of the infection is from a common problem that many people suffer from – an ingrown toenail! Lawrence Tynes, kicker for the Buccaneers had an ingrown toenail that became infected. This serious infection is a message to everyone why an ingrown toenail is not something you should take care of on your own.
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a resistant bacteria, and is responsible for many of the difficult-to-treat infections in humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year at least 2 million people become infected by resistant bacteria. MRSA is commonly found on the skin, and can spread easily through direct contact with an infected wound. In fact, the Tampa Bay Bucs hired a company to sanitize the headquarters and training facility. MRSA is especially problematic in the military, sports, hospitals, and nursing homes. Surprisingly, there have been an increasing number of reports in the United States of healthy athletes getting MRSA through skin contact in gyms and locker rooms.
Ingrown toenails are not only painful, but they can lead to infection, including MRSA! Many people believe that Neosporin and an antibiotic can fix the ingrown! This is not usually the case, as this problem often requires a minor procedure to permanently remedy the problem! A podiatrist, a specially trained doctor in conditions affecting the foot and ankle, is the only person you should trust your ingrown toenails to.
There is absolutely NO reason to live with a painful ingrown nail. Come see Dr. Mark Green or Dr. Stephanie Jameson as soon as possible. Let the experts get you comfortable, free of infection and get you back in the game!