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Avoid These Swimming-Related Illnesses

By Sara Butler

It may not be the time of the year best for swimming, but it is a time of the year people travel to tropical locales, stay in hotels with indoor pools, and take water aerobics at the gym. No matter where you swim, it’s important to understand the risks that public swimming venues present. Brain-eating amoebas are rare and probably don’t need to be on your radar, but there are some very common illnesses you can catch by swimming in public pools. Here are the most common swimming-related illnesses and how you and your family can avoid them.


Norovirus is one of those illnesses you should strive to avoid at all costs. It should be of concern to you if you plan to go on a cruise anytime soon. It’s highly contagious and spread via contaminated food and water – and pool water counts. Norovirus causes inflammation of your intestines and stomach, causing pain, nausea, and vomiting. It is definitely a risk you need to keep in mind if you’re sharing a pool with a large group of people.

Hot Tub Rash

There is a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa and it can cause the hot tub rash. This is because the chemicals put in water to kill bacteria break down faster when the water is hot, so hot tubs increase the risk of spreading this bacterium by their sheer nature. It can also be transmitted through pools that aren’t properly maintained, and lakes.

Don’t assume that removing yourself from chlorinated water deems you clean. Shower as soon as possible after getting out of a pool, hot tub or lake. And be on the lookout for red, itchy blisters on your skin. If it lasts more than a few days, then go see a doctor!

Any time you’re in a public place you put yourself in danger of contracting an illness – it’s just the way things are. But educating yourself about what you should and shouldn’t do as well as where you can pick up illness easily is one step in the right direction! Make sure to look at the water you’re going to be swimming in. It should be clear and look clean all the way to the bottom. The sides of the pool should not be sticky or slippery either. These two things can help you stay healthy in and out of the pool.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orlando, Fla.


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