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Smell that? Many teens wouldn't dream of taking a school shower after gym class

January 03, 2011|By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel )

Teens work out hard during gym class at school and then ... grab an antibacterial wipe to clean up. Many students who work up a sweat are opting out of showers at school.

"I wouldn't do it,"16-year-old Adrian Alequin says in a story by the Orlando Sentinel ("Do your kids shower after gym class? Tradition fading away for some").

"It's way too weird," he says. "I don't want to see another guy like that."

The story goes on to list some of the alternatives kids recommend. One girl says: "Change your shirt and lots of perfume."

As for anti-bacterial wipes, here are the ingredients in one popular brand. And the Food and Drug Administration has a few things to say about the ingredient triclosan.

Even if they wipe away the bacteria, antibacterial wipes won't do much for the smell. So let's hope most gym classes are after lunch.

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