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Regular trips to the gym for exercise can boost health and fitness, but if you don’t guard yourself against germs, you might leave with a nasty infection.

Dr. R. Doug Hardy, an infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says, “Bacteria can survive on the surface of shared gym equipment or towels and infect the body through an open wound, causing red, swollen, painful—and even fatal—skin infections.”

Here’s how to protect yourself:

Bandage skin areas that have cuts or abrasions.
Don’t share personal items, such as towels.
Use a cloth or towel as a barrier between your skin and shared equipment.
Wipe surfaces of equipment before and after use.
Wash your hands after workouts. 

UT Southwestern NEWS

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