Protect your skin at the gym

How to prevent common skin infections at the gym

While working out has many benefits, germs can thrive at the gym including common skin infections such as ringworm, plantar warts, or impetigo. This is because bacteria, viruses, and fungi thrive in warm, moist places like sweaty exercise equipment and locker room showers. Here are a few simple steps to avoid germs while at the gym:

  • Wear loose-fitting, moisture-wicking clothes.
  • Always wear shoes, especially around pools, and in locker rooms and showers.
  • Keep any cuts clean and covered.
  • Disinfect equipment before and after using it.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after working out.
  • Shower as soon as possible.

If you notice any signs of an infection, such as increased pain or swelling, pus or persistent redness, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.

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