Health Watch -- Working Out: Gym Germs
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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about health issues you need to be aware of when you're working out. While hitting the gym regularly for a good workout is great for your health, it could have adverse effects if you don't take certain precautions. Dr. Doug Hardy, an infectious diseases specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says a gym where sweaty people share equipment, mats and locker rooms can be a great breeding ground for bacteria.
That's especially dangerous when drug-resistant staph infections are involved. These bacteria can survive on the surface of mats and towels and cause infection through open wounds. To protect yourself, bandage any wounds, wipe down equipment before and after use, wash your hands after a workout, and don't share personal items such as towels.
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