Don't Get Sick at the Gym: 7 Ways to Prevent Infection

Athlete’s foot, and jock itch, and MRSA, oh my! How to stay healthy at health clubs

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Wear shower shoes in wet areas. These popular accessories not only prevent falls, they can also protect against fungal infections, like ringworm. (Damp surfaces, such as locker room floors, are an ideal breeding ground for microbes.) So next time you're tempted to go barefoot, put the brakes on that plan. You may not get an infection by wandering around once or twice, says Adalja. But the more you test your luck, the greater your risk. So why take the chance?

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