6 Disgusting Germs Lurking in a Gym Locker Room

Staph Infection

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2. Staph Infection

Staphylococcus Aureus, which is more commonly known as staph, is a bacterium that can cause skin infections. Staph infections are normally mild but if the bacteria gets deeper in the skin it can be life threatening. There is now a form of staph called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to certain antibiotics. Symptoms of a more serious staph infection may include rash, shortness of breath, chills, chest pain, fatigue, muscle aches, and headache. Organ failure and death may result from untreated infections. Staph is mainly spread by touching something that is contaminated which is why it is easily spread in the locker room. Clean your hands regularly, avoid sharing items such as towels and keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered until fully healed.