Avoid jock itch, athlete’s foot and other fungus at the gym

Avoid ringworm, athlete's foot, jock itch
and other fungus that can come from the gym

If you enjoy spending time at the gym, chances are you or someone you know has been plagued with some sort of fungus. Jock itch, ringworm and athlete’s foot are spread easily, making it important to take steps to avoid fungus at the gym.

Jock itch causes a raised, red, itchy rash in the groin area. The medical term for jock itch, which can affect women too, is tinea cruris. The best way to avoid the problem is to dry off after a workout and change into loose clothing. Jock itch and other fungi thrive in a moist environment and start from sweating. Make sure you dry off completely after showering.

Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is easily picked up from wet floors at the gym. The condition usually begins with intense itching between the toes. Without treatment athlete’s foot can spread; causing the skin to peel.

You can avoid athlete’s foot by wearing clean dry socks, avoiding sweaty shoes and wearing shower shoes at the gym. Make sure you wash and dry your feet completely every day. After a workout; at home, take off your shoes and let your feet air out.

Athlete’s foot can occur on the palms, fingers and heels. If it spreads to the fingernails or toenails, they can become thick, painful and brittle.

Your doctor can prescribe medication to treat the foot fungus. Look for over-the-counter treatments that contain the anti-fungal miconazole, clotrimazole, or tolnaftate .Clean your feet twice a day, dry thoroughly, apply the medication and wear clean cotton socks.

Ringworm is another type of fungus that spreads easily. It can occur on the scalp or skin. Drying off well after a workout can help prevent ringworm. Don’t share towels or other personal items to reduce the chances of ringworm.

To avoid bacterial infections at the gym, make sure you wipe down equipment, before and after a workout. Wash your hands before and after you exercise. Cover any cuts or scrapes with a band aide. Don’t go to the gym if you’re sick.

Fungus infections like jock itch, athlete’s foot and ringworm aren’t dangerous, but they can cause discomfort.

Avoiding fungal infections at the gym means paying attention to hygiene before, during and after exercise.

Wear fresh clothing during exercise, dry yourself off thoroughly after exercise and don loose clothing, keep your shoes clean and dry, wear shoes that cover the toes in the shower, and if needed, seek treatment advice from your personal physician to treat fungus infections at the first sign of rash, itching or skin changes that can signal ringworm. 

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jock said…
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