Tips for Athletes to Protect Their Skin

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(HealthDay News) -- Athletes are especially prone to skin conditions, such as infections.

To help reduce the risk, the American Academy of Dermatology advises:

  • Protect any scrapes or cuts with regular cleaning and bandaging.
  • Protect against blisters by using a spray, gel or pad on areas that tend to blister. Make sure footwear fits correctly, and consider special socks or gloves for blisters on the hands or feet.
  • Wear clothing that wicks moisture from the skin. Wear sandals in locker rooms.
  • Dry off with a clean towel.
  • Never share personal care products, such as soap or razors.
  • Wash clothing, towels and sports bags after use. Disinfect all protective gear after use.
  • Inspect skin carefully each day for signs of infection or injury. Never use bleach or sandpaper to mask a skin issue.

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