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      You can catch these diseases at the gym!

      Working out at the gym is good but here are some diseases that you could catch if you are not careful. Diseases can be spread through sweat and also surfaces that are contaminated such as locker room floors, public showers and so on. Maintain good levels of hygiene. Go for a rash guard, or a long-sleeved athletic top which will protect the skin.

      Ringworm

      This is a common itchy rash that causes raised, scaly patches that may be red, pink, or gray. These can be spread through sweat and contaminated surfaces such as locker room floors. Luckily, this is treatable using topical creams and sprays.

      Athlete’s Foot

      This is a common fungal infection that affects the feet and the symptoms are usually itchy, peeling skin between the toes. This is caused by the same fungus as ringworm. This is contracted by exposure to the fungus in damp surfaces such as locker rooms and public showers. Fortunately, this is not serious and can be treated by topical creams and oral medications. Keep your toes and toenails dry and do not walk barefoot in public spaces.

      Plantar warts

      Plantar warts are caused by a virus and usually affects the hands or feet. They appear as small, fleshy bumps and can cause pain. These are usually transmitted when you walk bare foot in locker rooms and showers.

      Herpes

      Most of us know that this is usually a sexually transmitted infection. However, oral herpes may be transmitted through sharing towels, razors, utensils and other personal items. There is a kind of herpes simplex virus one, or HSV-1, also called mat herpes which tends to be transmitted amongst athletes into like wrestling. In rare instances, this may be acquired through a dirty mat. Wipe down mats you use at the gym before and after use.

       

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