Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Infections

Here's what athletes can do

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(HealthDay News) -- Skin infections are common in athletes, often triggered by sweaty equipment that rubs against skin.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these prevention tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Take a shower as soon as possible after practice or a game.
  • After each use, wash and thoroughly dry your uniform.
  • Never share personal items, such as razors, towels, lotions or soaps with others.
  • Use a towel to protect your skin from equipment that is shared with others, including sauna and weight benches.

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