Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the dangers of mud runs with SafeBee.com
Mud runs have become exceedingly popular in the last few years. These obstacle courses often draw hundreds or even thousands of participants for each event. However, the next time one of these runs comes to your town, you might want to opt out. Aside from physical harm and injury, these obstacles are also bad for your skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains these dangers in a recent SafeBee.com article titled “Mud Runs: Are Your Favorite Races Hazardous to Your Health?”
Mud is the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
The obstacles in mud runs are often set up on farms or ranches, where the environment is not sterile. Many of these events require participants to completely submerge themselves in mud or water. If this mud or water is contaminated, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says, they could be exposed to things like E. coli or flesh-eating bacteria.
“Mud isn’t exactly clean and its moist environment can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Contaminated mud can lead to skin inflammation and irritation. It’s also easy to contract serious skin infections in a mud run environment. Clearly, this is not something your mother would encourage!”
If you already have cuts and scrapes on your skin, he says, this risk of infection is much worse.
If you think you’ve been exposed to contaminated mud, it’s important to thoroughly clean your skin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
Mud runs aren’t the only place you could come into contact with dangerous bacteria. These risks are present for all mud-related activities, including swimming in untreated water.
“If you’re in a situation where you suffer a scrape in a muddy environment, it’s important to thoroughly clean and cover the affected area as soon as possible. Better yet, reconsider the idea as there are many other ways to participate in good, ‘clean’ fun!” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
If you get mud in your eyes, immediately flush out your eyes with clean water and seek medical attention to make sure there isn’t any dangerous contamination, he continues. If for any reason you feel ill after swimming in a lake or running through a muddy area, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.
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