Beware of bacteria at the gym

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Feb. 28, 2019 – Would you also like to go to the gym to stay
healthy? But do you know that with a little carelessness you can get stuck in
trouble ? Yes. Exercise can help boost health and
fitness but beware of bacteria when bulking up at the gym.

Precautions in the gym

Precautions such as wiping down shared surfaces, using hand
sanitizers, and covering up cuts can help avoid contracting unwanted
infections, says Dr. Julie Trivedi, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at
UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.

“MRSA transmission between individuals has been associated
with locker rooms and gyms where there is sharing of common equipment,” she
said.

According to a press release of UT Southwestern Dr. Julie Trivedi said

“Many bacteria and viruses can live on environment surfaces for a period of time, so it’s good practice to wipe down any machines or surfaces prior to using them and wipe them down after you are done. Keeping your hands clean by frequently using an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water, as well as covering any cuts or wounds, will help to reduce the risk of picking up bacteria.”

Who is Dr. Julie Trivedi

Dr. Julie Trivedi, M.D. is UTSW faculty as the Medical
Director of Infection Prevention for the University Hospitals and is an
Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now reports
that 14 percent of people with MRSA infections contracted them outside of
health care settings and that 23 is now the average age of people with
community-associated MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

“MRSA is bacteria commonly found on the skin and on
environmental surfaces such as tables and doorknobs,” she adds. “MRSA infection
can present in a variety of ways, ranging from superficial skin and soft tissue
involvement as well as deeper, more serious infections involving the bone,
large joints, and the heart.”

About UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the US., integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes, and includes 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 15 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators.

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