Thanks to a tough outer shell, the parasites can survive for up to 10 days in chlorinated water. But it’s not just crypto that poses a threat to swimmers – other pathogens that cause diarrhea can be passed on in the water. These include hepatitis A viruses, E. coli, and typhoid bacteria. These germs can be spread orally through contaminated water, surfaces, or food.
It’s also important to be aware of several other health risks at swimming pools. For example, athlete’s foot is a problem that can be avoided by simply wearing flip-flops outside of the pool and regularly drying the areas between your toes. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) triggered by chlorinated water is also a frequent issue after swimming. That’s why you should wear goggles whenever you go under water. Dermatitis is another illness that can be picked up at swimming pools. After an incubatory period of up to eight days, this condition can lead to mouth and throat inflammations, blisters, ear infections, and rashes.
Woman need to be careful of vaginal mycosis and bladder infections. To avoid these issues, make sure to wash or change your swimsuit after every visit to the swimming pool. Also avoid wearing your wet swimsuit for too long.
So now you know the rules to stick to if you don’t want to be facing any nasty surprises. Simply showering beforehand or avoiding swimming for several weeks after an illness will help ensure that you and your fellow bathers stay healthy. Happy and safe swimming!
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