(HealthDay News) — Athletes, because they sweat routinely and often perform in hot conditions, are at higher risk of developing skin conditions, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

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The academy suggests how athletes can reduce their chances of acquiring a skin infection:

  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
  • Prevent blisters by using a pad, gel or spray on high-risk areas.
  • Wear gloves and socks to reduce friction on the hands and feet.
  • Wear moisture-wicking clothes to keep skin dry and prevent germ growth.
  • Wear sandals in the locker room.
  • Shower after every practice and game, and use an anti-microbial soap.
  • Do not share personal care items, such as towels, soap bars or razors.
  • Wash clothes and towels after each use.
  • Routinely wash sports bags.
  • Disinfect equipment daily.
  • Perform regular skin checks to detect new cuts, sores, redness or swelling.
  • Don’t use sandpaper or bleach to pass a skin check.

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