Hot water bathing has been a tradition from roman times. It works amazing if you want to relax your body. But, you probably don’t know that soaking in hot tubs can also end up with infectious skin diseases.
Here is why hot tubs get so contaminated and how they can make you sick:
Do you wash your hands before and after using the equipment at gym? Do you clean your workout mat and gym towel? NO! This may make you infected with staph infection. Staph is a bacteria that can withstand extreme conditions like temperature and moisture. This bacteria can survive very well in a gym on floors, mats, towels and machines. Once you get this infection, there are few signs you need to look for. Below is a video from Health Expert sharing 4 most common signs you have a staph infection.
It is very important to know that what is staph infection and what are the prevention measures. Signs of staph infection includes nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, low blood pressure. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. This can look like honey-yellow crusting on the skin.This type of infection is very common in the general population and more common and more severe in people with weak immune systems. People who have diabetes or weak immunity are particularly prone to developing cellulitis.
As said earlier hygiene is better than cure. Infected athletes should not be allowed visiting gyms until treatment renders them noninfectious.
The herpes simplex virus can be easily transmissible between two individuals. It is passed from one person to another by close, direct contact. The most common mode of transmission is through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
In the video, Melanie is talking about oral and genital herpes myths. One of the most common myths about herpes is that in order to be infected you actually have to see genital herpes, and that is no true. Herpes is a virus and it actually can leave in the nerves in your body, so what happens is that you can be infected, you can newer have an outbreak and you can actually pass an infection on to somebody.
Genital herpes among athletes is very common. Here are Few Genital Herpes Myths That Athletes Need To Be Stopped Immediately:
Fortunately, getting regular, moderate-intensity exercise can help prevent herpes outbreaks by reducing stress and bolstering the immune system.
Many people consider both furuncle and carbuncle as same. However, they both refer to different things. A furuncle is an acute, round, firm, tender, circumscribed, perifollicular staphylococcal pyoderma that usually ends in central suppuration. Carbuncle is a collection of boils that develop under the skin. When bacteria infect hair follicles, the follicles can swell and turn into boils and carbuncles.
The given infographic by DrAxe on Furuncle vs Carbuncle will help you understand the key differences and similarities between both skin conditions.
Another similarity between furuncle and carbuncle is both affect athletes. Athletes can avoid skin infections at first place with knowing and spreading the knowledge about these infections. This may facilitate implementation of right treatment and preventive measures to ensure the least disruption in athletic community.
Everyone goes to a gym to get stronger and healthier, definitely not to get infections. Unfortunately, researchers have found it to be the breeding ground for a variety of germs. A majority amidst them affects the skin. That’s because the bacteria, fungus, and viruses responsible for skin infections thrive in sweat which is left on the equipment and other warm and moist areas of the gym. Without infection prevention, the dirtiest spots of the gym can lead to life-threatening problems.
Even though when everything is not avoidable, you can look out for such equipment and parts in the gym:
Weight Machines & Free Weights
Let not these nasty skin infections prevent you from doing great things in life. Infection prevention is not difficult if you know where and what you’re dealing with. We hope this post provided the insight you might have been longing for.