Fancy a chemical bath? How chlorinated swimming pools can trigger asthma, ruin teeth and turn hair green
“…‘I have been campaigning to change the way we keep our swimming pools clean for the past 25 years,’ says Dr Wright.
‘I regularly see people who suffer severe skin problems triggered by even the normal amounts of chlorine in swimming pools. Many of my patients can’t go swimming because the chlorinated pool water dries skin and irritates eczema so badly.’
SPLASH! SWIMMING FACTS
The world’s first swimming pool was at Mohenjo-Daro in Pakistan.
Built in 2500 BC, it was lined with bricks covered in a tar-like sealant
‘There are other, gentler ways of disinfecting swimming pools – such as ozone filtration, which involves pumping oxygen, in the form of ozone gas, through the water and then filtering it.’
The problem, in fact, is not chlorine itself, but the chemical by-products – chloramines – that occur when chlorine combines with nitrogen in the dirt and detritus found in swimming pools, such as skin particles, sweat, urine, bacteria and body oils.
Dr Wright adds: ‘It’s these toxic by-products that give off that tell-tale “bleach” smell we associate with swimming pools and cause problems.’
The stronger the smell, the more unhealthy the pool is likely to be. Have a shower before swimming to remove any make up, dry skin flakes, hair products and body lotion. These residues can also react with the chlorine to create chloramine irritants.
An occasional swim is unlikely to do much harm, unless you are particularly sensitive to chlorine. But experts suggest anyone who swims once a week or more should be wary.
Sal: I love swimming as it’s great therapy for me, so I can’t stop swimming in these swimming pools. What I do to keep “safer” is wearing a swim cap…
, goggles, ear plugs, and take showers regularly afterwards.
How often do you swim in chlorinated swimming pools? Thoughts, suggestions, etc..?
I try to swim outdoors more during the summer as I prefer “fresher” “natural” water; however, it doesn’t mean it’s “always” clean:
Summer swimming comes with reminder of deadly lake ameoba
Advances in treating the deadly but rare infection make it even more important for swimmers and doctors to understand the symptoms, health officials say. By Jeremy Olson Star Tribune July 14, 2017 — 12:22am startribune.com
“..The last two confirmed cases of infections caused by Naegleria fowleri in Minnesota occurred in Lily Lake in Stillwater in 2010 and 2012 and resulted in the deaths of children ages 7 and 9, while a suspected case involving a teen swimming in Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood in 2015 turned out to be unrelated…
“There’s always the risk of it being in warm freshwater,” she said, “but it increases as water temperatures increase and water levels decrease — kind of in the dog days of summer.”..
A May 2017 study in the journal Pediatric Neurology noted that 13 children have now survived their amoebic infections after receiving the medications. However, two children died despite receiving the drug.
Infections from Naegleria fowleri occur when water carrying the amoeba travels up the swimmer’s nose and olfactory nerves to the brain; prevention tips include using nose plugs or plugging your nose when jumping into a lake. The amoeba usually resides in the murky sediment of lake bottoms, so health officials also suggest that swimmers avoid churning up the ground beneath their feet.
The amoeba also thrives in warmer waters, which is why it has been a more common problem in the South…”
Mayor: Swimmer Did Not Contract Brain-Eating Amoeba From Weston Lake
16-Year-Old Becomes Fourth Known Person to Survive Brain Amoeba in 50 Years | ABC News
Published on Aug 24, 2016
Sebastian DeLeon was taken to Florida Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida, with a severe headache on Aug.
Would You Swim with Brain-Eating Amoebas?
Deadly Brain-Eating Parasite Found in Lakes is Very Real
“..Lake goers are being urged to use extreme caution when swimming and playing in the water this summer due to the existence of a deadly brain-eating parasite, the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, living in freshwater lakes and waterways. This microscopic parasite thrives in freshwater when temperatures rise during the summer months of June, July, and August…”
Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) and guidelines for prevention lcra.org
“.. Avoid swimming or jumping into bodies of warm fresh water.
Do not swim in areas posted as “no swimming.”
Hold your nose or use nose plugs when jumping or diving into water.
Use earplugs, swim goggles, or masks if you tend to get ear or eye infections.
Wash open skin cuts and scrapes with clean water and soap…”
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