Dr. Johanna Youner: I see a lot of different types of infections transmitted in public showers, for sure. Warts.
Bottom Line/HEALTH: So the old adage about wearing flip-flops in showers really is true.
Dr. Johanna Youner: The adage about wearing flip-flops in showers can keep half my patients out of my office. I would say that 10% of young people present to the office with warts that they caught at a public pool, or athletes or just weekend warriors who go to the gym and don’t wear flip-flops and get athlete’s foot, warts, anything, from just stepping on the moisture in the shower. A shared shower—use bleach. Or wear flip-flops.