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8 Nasty Skin Infections You Can Catch at the Gym (and How to Avoid Them)

Gym Infections

Hate to break it to you, but your gym is basically a life-sized petri dish. Thanks to all the sweaty bodies swapping machines and sharing hot, humid spaces like the sauna, gyms are a paradise for multiplying microbes — creepy critters just waiting for an opportunity to make their home in the moist, warm creases of your skin.

Below, dermatologists explain eight skin conditions you can pick up at the gym, plus what you can do to protect yourself.

1. Ringworm

Symptoms of Ringworm: Once infected, you typically develop a ring-shaped rash with red, scaly, raised plaques and a clearing in the center, says Jason H. Miller, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group.

How to Treat Ringworm: Luckily, ringworm is easy to treat with over-the-counter topical creams, says Dr. Miller, adding that oral prescription anti-fungal medications may occasionally be needed to clear the infection.

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Source: Livestrong – 8 Nasty Skin Infections You Can Catch at the Gym (and How to Avoid Them) By, Jaime Osnato

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