If you are planning to live in a college dorm, you will be sharing showers with many people. College students are always advised to use flip-flops when they shower, but some take their footwear off before they enter the shower. Taking a shower in flip-flops can be difficult to adjust to, but it is absolutely necessary for all college dormers. There are a number of reasons to use flip-flops in dorm showers.
1. Prevent athlete’s foot. Though athlete’s foot is actually very easy to treat with an anti-fungal medication, it causes uncomfortable itching and can also spread to other areas of the body. The fungus which causes this uncomfortable foot condition is often found in public showers. This is one of the most well known reasons to use flip-flops at all times in dorm showers.
2. Avoid plantar warts. Public showers are known to be one of the main places to come in contact with the virus which is responsible for spreading plantar warts. Wearing flip-flops in the dorm showers at all times can help prevent you from experiencing this embarrassing and often painful condition.
3. Stay away from vomit. Yes, that’s right, vomit. College girls who have bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder in which they binge and purge, often make themselves vomit in the dorm showers. It is the best place for a bulimic to puke because the sound of the water running helps cover up the sound of them puking. While dorm showers are cleaned, you will still come in contact with vomit if the person vomited just prior to your shower.
4. Dodge contact with semen. Since college dorms do not offer very much privacy, it is actually very common for men to masturbate in the shower. Some colleges have even posted signs that ask students to stop masturbating in the showers, as the drains are unable to handle all of the semen which is being dumped in them daily. Though it’s unlikely that stepping in semen will cause any health problems (unless in the rare instance that they have HIV and you have an open cut on your foot), the idea is quite repulsive.
There are many reasons to use flip-flops in college showers at all times. You can avoid athlete’s foot and plantar warts, as well as reduce your risk of being exposed to vomit or semen. It is ideal for all college students who dorm to designate a pair of rubber flip-flops to showering in the dorms. While it may not seem like a comfortable idea at first, you are sure to adjust.