Mom Noticed A Red Dot On Her Son’s Cheek After A Wrestling Match, Then They Kept Spreading

Updated August 11, 2017

Whenever you participate in contact sports you are at a higher risk for diseases that can be transmitted when contact is made between two people or when infected skin touches the sporting equipment, such as mats, weights and football and hockey gear. There is a whole host of infections that can be passed between athletes, including bacterial infections, viral infections, and fungal infections. And while it’s a scary thought, it’s the truth about sports.

One star student recently contracted herpes gladiatorum while wrestling.

Blake Flovin excels in both the classroom and on the wrestling mat, but he never thought that he would contract an illness from participating in the sport that he loved.

After competing in the Central Coast High School Wrestling Tournament at Independence High School, Blake developed a rash on his face and was itching profusely.

“The left side of my face by my lymph nodes started to swell,” said Blake. “It grew on the side of my face.”

When he made an appointment with his doctor, it didn’t take long for them to come to a conclusion about the diagnosis. Blake contracted herpes gladiatorum from one of the five other wrestling participants at the tournament. Unbeknownst to him, Blake was shocked that he could pick up such an infection from the sport.

“I never thought from wrestling I could get herpes, but now that we are researching and finding out it’s actually a fairly prevalent thing … ” said Blake, whose face is now covered in herpes-induced lesions.

His parents, who were also unaware of the common side effect of participating in contact sports, are pretty upset about the situation.

“To go from a phenomenal senior year and top of your game to having your face look like the elephant man is horrific,” said his father, Rick Flovin.

 “It’s sad,” said the boy’s Mother, Rena Flovin. “It makes me angry … this was preventable.”
“The most important thing here is kids’ health and that’s my main message,” said Blake. “Try and put this above everything else.”
On a mission to stop this case of herpes from being spread even further, Rena and Rick are asking for the upcoming state wrestling championships to be rescheduled. They are concerned that if this is not treated, it will be spread to other students.
Unfortunately, the California Interscholastic Federation doesn’t feel the same way as the Flovin family and a spokeswoman from the organization confirmed that they will not be postponing the tournament.
According to Mark Dworkin, a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the head and neck are major points of contact in wrestling and over 90% of the erupted lesions were found in this area.
The three main infections that athletes can transmit between each other are warts, molluscum contagiosum, and herpes. While direct contact is the most common way to transmit such infections, shared showers and locker room floors are also major ways to transfer the illnesses. Some ways to prevent contracting the disease are to always wash your hands after exposure to other athletes and equipment and wear sandals while in the locker rooms.