Gym germs: How to get them to bug off

So, your gym buddy has told you to wear flip-flops when you shower to avoid getting foot fungus, right? That’s great, but the locker room isn’t the only place in the gym that’s swimming with germs 한컴2010 다운로드.

But before you snap your gym card in half, there are ways to dodge getting these diseases. Let’s take a look at exactly what you’re up against.

Human Papillomavirus  (HPV)

What is it? HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted disease, but that doesn’t mean that you can only get it through sex…yes, you heard right.

How you get it. By walking barefoot in the locker room and especially when taking a shower. It’s essential to always wear footwear such a flip-flops.

Symptoms. The virus can cause warts on the genitals, feet, throat and mouth. In the gym, you’re most likely to get the plantar warts (under the soles of your feet) from walking barefoot in the locker room.

Treatment. There is no actual cure for HPV, but your doctor may be able to give some treatment options to help with symptoms. Over time, these warts usually resolve by themselves.

Norovirus

What is it? It’s a virus that infects the gastrointestinal tract. It’s more commonly known as “stomach flu”.

Where you find it. The majority of the gym equipment. Also, have you ever given your training partner a sip of water from your bottle? Don’t. You’re not being unfriendly, you’re actually looking out for their health because this is one of the main ways that the virus is transferred.

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Symptoms. Vomiting and diarrhoea.

Treatment. There is no targeted treatment, but your doctor will advise you to stay hydrated because the symptoms cause you to lose a lot of fluids and dehydrate. Dehydration can lead to even more serious complications, especially in children and the elderly.

Streptococcal bacteria

What is it? This is a bacteria that causes upper-respiratory infections (URIs), more commonly known as strep throat.

Where you find it. It is commonly spread through person-to-person contact, but it can also be transferred through touching sweaty gym equipment (cardio machines, free weights, physio balls etc.), locker rooms and saunas.

Symptoms. A fever, pain and difficulty swallowing, yellow spots on your throat and tonsils.

Treatment. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. They’ll usually perform a “rapid strep” test. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you’ll be prescribed antibiotics.

So, while the gym may be your home-away-from-home, it is also the household of many germs. But now that you know about them, you can prevent infection by making sure your hygiene is up to scratch.

Gyms have sterile tissue dispensers available. So, it’s a good idea to wipe your hands after each exercise; and please remember to wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap after your workout. Germs may be all over the gym, but with a simple hygiene routine, you can protect yourself against them.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/strep-throat-symptoms

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/understanding-strep-throat-treatment

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/strep_throat/page3_em.htm

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/7-grossest-gym-germs