Fungal infections are caused by microorganisms that live on the dead tissues of your skin and nails. Some fungi can naturally be found as part of your skin, and some fungi you can get from the environment like the gym. Gyms are the perfect environment for fungal infections.
Types of Fungal Infections
Ringworm (Tinea corporis)
Ringworm shows up as a red scaly ring on the skin. Don’t worry, it’s not actually a worm. You can get this from any wet surface in the gym like the locker room, pool area, sauna, or shared yoga mats.
Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
It is important to wear flip flops when you shower at the gym. If you are barefoot in gym showers, you are exposing your feet to the fungi on the gym shower floors. Gym showers are warm and damp – the perfect environment for fungi to thrive in. You should also wear flip flops around the pool area and saunas.
Jock itch (Tinea cruris)
This is more common in men, but women can get it too. It’s just the anatomy of the male body that makes it more common for men to get jock itch. It is a red, scaly, itchy patch that usually develop in the groin area. It can also develop in the butt area, thighs, or under the breasts.
Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis)
Nail fungus is characterized by yellow or brown discoloration, thickening, and sometimes foul odor. You can develop nail fungus on your fingernails and toenails. It is more common in toenails because toes are usually in socks that can get warm and sweaty. Athlete’s foot can also cause nail fungus, making toenails more at risk than fingernails.
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