Staphylococcus bacteria is one of the most common pathogens you’ll encounter during a workout. While thirty percent of people carry some sort of Staph on their skin, 20,000 Americans die a year from a persistent Staph infection, better known as MRSA. MRSA isn’t usually found in gyms and is usually found in healthcare environments but it is still important to take additional precautions to prevent yourself from contracting any strain of Staphylococcus bacteria that are present at the gym which can lead to the eruption of painful boils.
Common bacteria that live on your skin without causing an infection, like the bacteria that causes strep and staph, can also lead to Impetigo. Group A Streptococcus (GAS) or "strep" is a common bacterium that can be found on the skin or in the throat. Impetigo results in painful skin sores that can lead to pain, discomfort, and scaring. While these pathogens may be alarming, this is not a reason to cut back on something as positive and cathartic as exercise. This is why it is wise to take necessary precautions, like washing your hands or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often.
Due to bacteria like staph being significantly more likely to cause an infection after there has been a break in the epidermis, it is important to cover any breaks in the skin. Don’t forget to wipe down your equipment either! While it can be tedious it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Don’t share towels, gym shorts, or other items that can carry foreign bacteria. Athletes keep yourself healthy by visiting your local gym and gym owners keep your athlete’s safe by hiring dedicated cleaning professionals like the Cleaning Custodian that use cleaning materials tailored to your needs and those of your athletes in training.