How to Treat a Rash From Field Hockey Shin Guards

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Shin guard rash is prevalent among those who play field hockey, American football and soccer. Medically referred to as shin guard dermatitis, Dr. Michael W. Carter of Tustin, California, states that since there is little literature on the subject, it is presently unknown whether the rash is due to irritation from heat and friction or an allergic reaction to the material of the shin guards. A study conducted by Dr. Jacob Hsu and published in the 2009 issue of J Dermatol Nurses Association revealed that most rashes are not caused by allergies. However, it is important to get tested to rule out the possibility.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cream (as provided by your doctor)

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  1. 1

    Discontinue use of shin guards immediately and make an appointment with your doctor.

  2. 2

    Go to your appointment as directed. Ask to have him test you and your shin guards to see if you are allergic to the material inside of it.

  3. 3

    Follow doctor's directions. This will usually consist of discontinuing the use of your shin guards for 10 days to two weeks, along with the application of topical corticosteroid treatment several times a day.

  4. 4

    Place a barrier between your legs and your shin guards when you continue use. Dr. Michael Carter suggests the use of duct tape or a clean cotton cloth to protect the shins from further irritation.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean your shin guards with witch hazel after use. Wash once a week with bleach to kill any infection.
  • Do not share shin guards with friends on the team. This can cause the transfer of infection.
  • Buy several pairs if you play on most days. This way you can have one washing while you wear another pair.

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