A word of warning to those of you who throw caution into the wind and saunter into the gym shower thinking the stories of foot fungus are old wives tales concocted to scare you into wearing thongs in the shower? Think again!
Earlier this year, a Texas man caught a flesh-eating foot infection after showering barefoot at his gym. Think that’s gross? You should see the photos! The Daily Mail reported about a listeners who had phoned radio station Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz sent an email detailing his experience and sent them photos. It resulted in needing surgery and skin grafts.
Thongs offer protection from five revolting things you may find on the floor of the gym shower.
Your nails will start looking hobbity, thickening, looking discoloured and curling. It can be super hard to get rid of. Aside from looking extremely unpleasant, toenail fungus can be easily spread to your skin and fingernails.
The Plantar Wart virus loves warm, wet environments like gym showers. They are caused by HPV (not the same type of virus responsible for sexually transmitted warts). According to WebMD, they may go away on their own without treatment, but remember they are transmittable, so don’t leave home with out your thongs or slides.
Gyms are breeding grounds for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA). It sounds like a mouthful, but it basically it’s a common bacteria which can cause skin infections like sores or boils, potentially life-threatening when it enters your body through scrapes or cuts in your skin. It’s proven to be difficult to get rid of, even with antibiotics that treat most other staph infections.