Bizarre medical mystery could force NHL star to retire

Marian Hossa abruptly announced that he won't be playing in the 2017 - 2018 season because of a "progressive skin disorder," saying in a statement, "Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me."
3:30 | 06/22/17

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Test Text1 italics bizarre medical mystery. NHL star Marian Hossa abruptly announcing he will not play next season because of a Progressive skin disorder. Jesse palmer has more details. The three-time Stanley cup winner says he's been fighting severe side effects from a medication he's taking and some are reporting he may be allergic to something in his uniform. A devastating cross check to the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Coming in, Hossa scores. Reporter: This morning, star player Marian Hossa who has led his team to three Stanley cups revealing he will have to sit out the 2017/2018 season because of a debilitating Progressive skin disorder saying in a statement due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me. While I'm disappointed, I have to consider the severity of my condition. Here is Hossa. He's got it. Reporter: The 38-year-old who scored more than 500 goals in his 19 seasons in the NHL not commenting further on the type of skin condition. But some reports this morning suggesting he may be suffering from an allergic reaction to his hockey gear. Marian Hossa may have to retire because of an allergy that he has to his uniform. Reporter: Tom Reid, a former NHL player forced to retire in 1978 after he experienced skin problems. I don't know if it's the same thing Marian has or not but it enveloped my body from my waist to the upper part of my chest. The perspiration, the body heat, the friction, the equipment, it was a perfect storm. Reporter: Hossa has four years remaining on his 12-year, $63 million deal. And the Chicago Blackhawks' general manager says his health situation is, quote, extremely difficult but he can't say enough about the player's contribution to the team over the years. Robin. All right. We're joined by ABC news senior medical contributor Dr. Jnifer Ashton. So we don't know the particulars but what comes to mind? Well, this is a perfect example. Lest you think dermatology is acne and wrinkles. An example of how serious they can be. It's the largest organ in the body, possibilities include an allergy, a skin manifestation of a systemic disorder, and with athletes it's definitely easy to see how they're in touch with contact issues with their equipment every single day. So it's not just the uniform, but it's the pads, the sporting equipment, that's all sanitized. They could be allergic to one of those chemicals. There's bacteria. Fungi. A long list and athletes often, you know, get exposed to these things. In terms of treatment, what could be the possible options. A lot of options here. There are topical treatments. There are systemic treatment, pill, antibiotics, anti-fungals, steroids, immune modulators. Anti--medicine. If you get in that cycle, infection with little nicks in the skin that is a difficult cycle to break and some of those medications then can have side effects. Talk about the psychological, the mental component to all this. So important here for any athlete any patient that mind/body connection when dealing with a chronic condition. You have to take into account the psychological, emotional and mental manifestations. This is a marathon, not a sprint but when it affects your ability to practice what you love and do your job, big deal. We wish him all the best. 100%, I'm a big fan. You love your hockey. Michael. Thank you, robin.

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