Exercising is one of the best activities you can do, but like everything in any activity, it can lead to some problems. In this case, skin infections.
In a training place like the gym, people are always exposed to bacteria. Whether in costumes, training equipment, treadmill … you can find a large number of bacteria that can affect your health.
Discover how to prevent skin infections in the gym so you can take the necessary preventive measures when going to train.
Infections of the skin in the gym
1.1 Tinea (Tinea Corporis)
By the name, people assimilate that it is a disease with worms, but it is not like that. The term tinea arises because the fungus appears on the skin in the form of a ring that has a raised edge, a scaly texture and the thickness of a worm.
Expert specialist in dermatology Susan Bard says that this is a highly contagious fungus, and thrives in sweaty and humid environments, so it is very likely that you can get it in the gym or in the shower, in common yoga mats or carpets training.
To prevent ringworm, before using some gym equipment, be sure to disinfect them. Disinfectant wipes and tea tree oil are excellent disinfection options.
If you get this fungus, what you should do is treat the area with a topical cream such as clotrimazole or terbinafine. Likewise, antifungal shampoos will help keep ringworm out of your scalp.
1.2 Athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is the best known infection in the gym. This problem is caused by the same fungus of ringworm, which lodges in the area of the feet, between the fingers, and can extend up to the nails.
It consists of a rash that is normally red, itchy, and scaly. It is highly contagious and you can contract it if you walk barefoot, walk with open shoes or even if you walk with wet socks.
To avoid contracting athlete’s foot, you should avoid walking barefoot in the common areas and avoid using wet socks. Another common way to prevent them is to wash your feet regularly, change your socks after playing sports, wear shoes in common areas of training and, if your shoes or bathing shoes are wet, wait for them to dry before using them.
The treatment to treat athlete’s foot is the same as that of ringworm, because it is more difficult to treat if the fungus expands to the toenails. Usually, in this case, an oral medication is required.
How to prevent athlete’s foot in the gym
1.3 Tinea Versicolor
It is not an infection as such, nor is it contagious or dangerous, but it is very common in conditions of sweat.
The yeast creates a bleaching agent, which leaves white spots on the affected area. These spots because itching and may take a few months to completely disappear.
If you do not have this fungus yet, the best way to prevent it is by using an exfoliant that contains an antimicrobial ingredient such as tea tree oil or zinc. But if you already have it, experts suggest the use of anti-dandruff shampoo on the skin, since these contain sulfur de selento, which fights some fungi.
How to treat skin fungi
2.1 Staph (Staphylococcus aureus)
This bacterium is among the most common found in the gym. Most times this problem is not really alarming, although in the worst case (if it is not treated) it can cause pus and a red infection on the skin.
If you suffer from this problem, the best thing you can do is visit a doctor to recommend an oral treatment, although sometimes a topical ointment is more than enough.
This infection can be caused by staphylococcus bacteria or streptococcus bacteria, which are quite contagious and can cause strep throat, superficial infections and skin blisters.
If you have red sores, see a doctor to recommend an ointment or an oral antibiotic.
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2.3 Tub folliculitis
This problem is caused when a bacterium called “pseudomonas aeruginosa” which thrives in pools and hot tubs, makes its way into the hair follicle and causes an itchy red rash.
Usually, this problem is usually treated with a topical hydrocortisone cream that helps control itching.
Bacterias que puedes contraer en el gimnasio
This infection is caused when the virus enters the body through the mucosa or a cut, causes blisters on the lips. You can get it when you come in contact with poorly cleaned surfaces, although it is most likely to be contacted by skin-to-skin contact.
The big problem is that there is no cure for the herpes virus. The treatment consists of preventing the virus from activating and taking antiviral pills.
3.2 Plantar wart
This is another problem that can be caused by not wearing shoes in the common areas.
This infection is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and not fungi, such as athlete’s foot. They can be recognized by having an appearance similar to calluses, but with small black dots.
Many of these plantar warts disappear on their own, but because they grow inward, they can hurt. There are several treatments you can put into practice, including chemical destruction of the lesion with an exfoliating solution, freezing or shaving.
Skin infections are very common, especially in people who are in the gym or those who practice sports with a lot of physical contact.
There are many ways to treat this type of infection, but the best thing you can do is avoid contagion, that’s why we’ve offered you the above tips.