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Preventing germs in the gym

Inside the Locker Room One of the most common diseases lurking in gyms is tinea pedis or athlete's foot (i.e., a fungal skin infection). Its symptoms include cracked, blistered skin along with an itching or burning sensation. Onychomycosis is another infectious fungal disease hiding on shower and locker room floors. Its symptoms include yellow, brittle toe- and fingernails. Both of these diseases can be treated with over-the-counter medications, but for persistent infections you may need to consult a dermatologist.   The human [...]

MRSA information

Definition of MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. More severe or potentially life-threatening MRSA infections occur most frequently among patients in healthcare settings. While 25% to 30% of people are colonized* in the nose with staph, less than 2% are colonized with MRSA [...]

Personal hygiene in the gym

Gyms are supposed to be good for you; a place you can go to improve your fitness and overall health. At the gym you can get fit, lose weight and tone up, but without the right precautions you can also get sick. With all that sweating and close-quarters, the gym can be a harbor for dangerous germs and bacteria. Protect yourself while you're working out with these quick germ-fighting precautions. Keep tabs on your things. Personal items like razors [...]

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