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It’s almost beach season! If you’re the type who is on the beach at 7 am, claiming the best spots and setting up the little smart drink holders you purchased online, then you’re probably already mentally checked out of work. You don’t go to the beach to think; you go to the beach to turn your brain off and do a little connecting with nature. Between that fact, and the sun softening your brain, you may not be thinking about your health much when you’re in the sand and sun. But the beach—gorgeous as it is—is not an inherently sanitary place. So before you slip your koozie onto your can and sit back to relax, make sure you aren’t making a few mistakes that could send you home, calling your doctor. Here are health mistakes most people make at the beach.

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Sitting in a wet bathing suit

Bacteria love wet and warm environments, like your bikini bottom, just after you’ve gotten out of the water and have let the sun heat it up a little. A wet bikini bottom is a yeast infection waiting to happen. Bring dry bottoms to change into for when you’re done swimming.





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