Going to the gym has many benefits for those looking to lose weight or gain some more muscles. However, what people don’t tell you is that going to the gym can also expose you to some serious skin diseases if the equipment is cleaned properly.
A common affliction that looks like itchy red bumps or acne. If you suspect you have it, it’s best not to scratch because the bumps can turn into crusty sores that cause permanent scars. The condition is caused by microbes like bacteria or fungus that get inside hair follicles in the skin, causing infection.
Luckily, folliculitis is very treatable with medicated creams.
A common, itchy rash that can easily spread from contact with infected people or surfaces. Sweating, as well as contact with contaminated surfaces like locker room floors, can both spread ringworm, making the gym a hotbed of infection.
The infection occurs when tiny fungal parasites make a home for themselves in the top layer of your skin, causing raised, scaly patches that can be red, pink, or gray. These areas can be itchy or cause a burning, stinging sensation. Be careful not to scratch because the condition can spread from one area of your body to another.