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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Staph infections a curious problem Clippers, other teams face

Clippers star Blake Griffin is the latest athlete to undergo surgery for a staph infection, and it's not as uncommon as you might think.
In 2003, the USC football team dealt with a rash of staph infections, and last year, quarterback Cody Kessler reportedly had surgery to reportedly remove one in his toe.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce had one when they were both in Boston during the 2006-07 season, but he only missed one week.
The Dodgers have dealt with several staph infections as well. Former Dodger Casey Blake had one in 2011, as did former Dodger Xavier Paul. Yasiel Puig had a mild case in the offseason in 2012.
Blake Griffin
"The key to these things is a quick and accurate diagnosis," said Stan Conte, the Dodgers vice president of medical services. "Occasionally, there can be an ingrown hair that a player doesn't think is a big deal. They may think it's a pimple and typically try to pop it. If we see it, we assume it's a little, small, ingrown hair that is MRSA and we're very aggressive with the diagnosis. We put a widespread antibiotic that attacks MRSA. READ MORE

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