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Are Fitness Equipment Causing Your Skin Irritation?

Fitness is a happy place for a lot of people because we know it keeps your body and mind healthy but for the skin, it means heat and sweat which can cause several skin issues if you are not careful.

Here are some of the most likely culprits for post-workout rash, bumps, or sores, and tips on how you can avoid getting and spreading germs in your gym?

Are Fitness Equipment Causing Your Skin Irritation?

Skin conditions caused by gym:

Are Fitness Equipment Causing Your Skin Irritation?


Down below are listed some conditions that maybe gym is causing you, and then some advice on how to easily avoid them.

  • Folliculitis is a frequent condition that mimics acne or itchy, red pimples. If you suspect you have it, don’t scratch because doing so might result in crusty sores that leave lifelong scars.  Wearing tight-fitting clothing to the gym can generate friction, which irritates your skin and makes it more likely to develop folliculitis. After working out, taking a shower keeps your skin clean and does not share towels or washcloths.
  • Staph infections at the gym are relatively infrequent and simple to avoid. The trick is to prevent allowing the bacteria through the skin.
  • Athlete’s foot – you can get it by any kind of exposure to the fungus, like by walking barefoot in public showers, locker rooms, swimming pools, or anywhere with a damp surface.

It can be unpleasant, causing itching or burning on the infected area, but shouldn’t be scratched because touching it can spread the fungus to your hands. To prevent it, wear sandals in public spaces and try to keep your toes (and toenails) clean and dry.

To summarize it:

  1. Never exchange towels, razors, or other private goods
  2. When working out and at the gym, keep exposed wounds covered, especially if you come into contact with other sweaty people or objects they have touched.
  3. After working out, always wash your hands.
  4. As a general hygiene and courtesy practice, wipe down your gym mats before and after use.

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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