There are other hazards to your skin linked with swimming pool use in addition to what we’ve dubbed “swimmer’s skin.” Utilizing a public pool carries a lot more danger than using your own private pool, such as being exposed to RWIs (Recreational Water Illnesses); see Part 1. However, by being aware of them, you as a pool owner may ensure that you take steps to reduce any hazards. (Of course, if you don’t already have a pool of your own, maybe this will convince you to get one!)
Viruses and Bacterial Infections: Molluscum & Impetigo
There are two infectious illnesses that can spread quickly on the skin’s surface in and near swimming pools. A bacterial infection called impetigo causes crusty sores and blisters to appear on the skin’s surface. The flesh-colored pimples of mollescum contagiosum, a viral infection, are not as noticeable or unpleasant, but once they appear on the body, they can be challenging to get rid of, especially in young children. Using shared towels can easily spread molluscum and impetigo.
Although not RWIs in the strictest sense, these diseases can survive much more readily in a public pool environment where many people are present. You should be able to reasonably prevent the spread of these illnesses at your own private pool as long as you keep clean towels accessible and make sure that each user uses a different towel.
Skin Infections Caused by Water
Did you know that exposing an open wound to the water, even a small scrape, can cause skin infections? Any wound that comes into contact with water exposes the body to numerous parasites, viruses, and bacteria. The ensuing skin infections can appear as bumpy, reddish pimple-like rashes and frequently blister, itch, and burn.
Pool granuloma is one typical skin infection brought on by the mycobacterium marinum bacteria. This persistent skin illness, also known as “swimmer’s itch” or “seabather’s eruption,” starts as reddish pimples that eventually develop into painful purple nodules on the elbows, fingers, and backs of the hands. Although patients with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable, medications are typically effective in treating this painful skin illness.
Contrary to popular perception, wearing shoes in public areas is not guaranteed to prevent athlete’s foot. Athlete’s Foot is a highly contagious fungal infection that frequently grows in the vicinity of swimming pools. The skin becomes chapped and irritated, especially between the toes. Your likelihood of exposure might be decreased by using flip flops or water shoes. If a visitor has a fungal infection of the feet, the pool owner can insist that they always wear shoes.
A lot more risk exists for swimmers in inadequately chlorinated pools than for swimmers in properly maintained pools.
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