Dangers of Swimming Pools - Diseases Illnesses Found In Pool Water & How To Prevent Them - Safe Ways To Enjoy The Pool This Summer
During the summer ☀, pools are swamped with people, and for good reason. There is nothing quite like a dip in pool water on hot summer days. Unfortunately though, people like me who are sensitive, may not be able to enjoy pools as much as others. The reason for this is because the huge amount of bacteria found in them.
When I was a little girl 👧, every time my mother would take me to the pool, I would come home with a painful ear👂infection that would last for days. So over time, I eventually stopped getting into pools all together; instead, I would use a blow up pool as a child, and when I became a teen, I prefered to read while my friends swam in the pool.
I am not the only one I met who got sick after hopping into a pool; it is just that many people do not connect the illnesses that follow a day in the pool. So today, I will teach you all about the kinds of bacteria that can be found in pools, and the symptoms that come with them.
Many different bacteria can be found in pools. You have bacteria from the bodies of others that get into it. Parents who put their baby in the water can contaminate the water with E.coli. There is also bacteria from the leaves that fall into the pool, and the germs in the air that blow into it. Lastly, let's not forget how people stay in the pool for hours without getting out, despite eating and drinking, so they are also urinating in the pool.
"Viruses, bacteria and protozoa are the culprits in most swimming pool-related sickness outbreaks. The mucus, saliva, blood and skin of infected swimmers can directly contaminate pool and spa water with sufficient pathogens to cause infections in other swimmers who come in contact with it. Feces are a particular danger in pools, as the pathogens they contain are typically present in enormous numbers, approaching a million per gram of feces. A single fecal release in a pool could contaminate millions of gallons of water..." ("Pool Water Pathogens", Nick Gromicko, InterNACHI).
Pools are a great idea, but people can ruin it through neglect. When pool employees don't clean the pool properly or they don't change, update, and properly maintain pool equipment, it can lead to contamination.
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Pool employees are not the only ones who are neglectful though, those who frequent pools are guilty of this as well. Parents who put babies in the pool who are not potty trained are contaminating everyone with feces, even when you wipe the baby after you change their dipper, there is still a good chance that a small amount of feces will still remain. Furthermore, since the baby is not potty trained, the baby may go to the bathroom in the water, so babies should be kept out of the pool until they are potty trained.
Babies are not the only ones who contaminate pools though. Adults contaminate it also. Some people who are sick may get into the pool, and they can spread their illness or disease to others this way. Here are some examples of this that were in the news:
- Swimming Pool Conjunctivitis
- Ear Infections
- Hepatitis A
- Swimmer's Itch
- Stomach Cramping
- Ear Pain
- Throwing UP
- Skin Rashes
- Blurry Vision
- Changes In Hunger/Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Treat the water regularly with an astringent.
- Empty out the pool water and get new water at least once or twice a year, depending on how often you use it.
- Don't allow pets into the pool.
- Keep babies out of the pool.
- Have children be clean or bathe before entering the pool.
- Have everyone go to the bathroom outside of the pool. No urinating in the pool should be a rule.
- Don't allow anyone sick to get into the pool.
- Keep the pool covered when not in use.
- Wear ear plugs and goggles to protect eyes and ears from infection when in someone else's pool.
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