Preventing Common Skin Infections in Athletes

At our office we frequently see athletes with skin conditions who did not properly care for their skin while working out among other athletes at the gym or on sports teams. Bacteria, viruses, and germs that cause rashes and irritations are common in gyms, locker rooms or other areas where athletes sweat and their bodies produce heat.

Anything from athletes foot, ringworm, herpes, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), plantar warts, and impetigo can be transferred from one athlete to another quite easily. These types of rashes or infections can easily be avoided if the proper precautions are taken.  Here are a few ways to prevent skin infections in athletes. 

To help prevent skin infections at the gym, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

It is important to take care of your skin, especially if you are an athlete. Skin infections can spread or transfer to others if not treated properly. As soon as you notice a problem contact our board-certified dermatologist to see what types of treatment are best for your problem.

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