No matter how clean the showers look at your gym, contracting a fungi infection because you decided to go barefoot is not worth the risk! Your gym’s shower stalls create the type of warm, moist environment where fungi thrive. Without wearing protective shower shoes, you greatly increase your chances of contracting athlete’s foot or worse, onychomycosis.*
Athlete’s foot causes an intense burning and itching, while an onychomycosis infection can turn your toenails hard and yellow. The severity of these infections will require either over-the-counter treatment or prescription antifungal medicine, and will require your patience while you wait to heal.
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