Like to swim? Beware of this disease!
Stomach cramps, vomiting, irritation of the skin, and hair loss. Do you feel some of the above symptoms after swimming? If so, beware. It could be a symptom or Recreational Water Illness RWI. RWI is a disease caused by harmful chemicals or bacteria accidentally swallowed while swimming.
Even though it looks clean, it is quite possible that the bacteria and harmful chemicals lurking in the private swimming pool, public swimming pool, or a pool in the recreation area. These bacteria can trigger the RWI. RWI usually triggers some types of infections such as infections of the stomach, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, nerve, and infection in open wounds. However, the most frequent symptom is diarrhea.
Many think that they are safe for swimming pool already contains chlorine. Make no mistake, chlorine can not kill all the bacteria in the pool instantly. When this has been a lot of bacteria and germs that are tolerant to chlorine and can only die a few days later.
Does not mean you have to stop like to swim. However, there are several ways you can do to protect the body from RWI when you will swim. Here are some things you can do before swimming, as reported by the Health Me Up (05/03).
1. Take a shower before entering the pool.
2. Do not swim or go to the pool if you just recovered from diarrhea.
3. Check the pH of the pool water and make sure the pool is always maintained and cleaned with chemicals that are safe for the environment.
4. Make sure you frequently test the level of chemicals in the pool water regularly and promptly clean up contaminated water when it starts.
5. When the skin starts to itch, you can use menthol cream product to relieve the itch. If not immediately recovered within seven days, consult a doctor.
6. Beware of sore eyes after swimming. Do not rub eyes with hands when the eyes itch. Do not wear contact lenses when there is irritation.
7. Excess chlorine in pool water can cause hair loss. Use hair cover while swimming.
Those are some ways that should be done to prevent exposure of health problems caused by chemicals or bacteria in the pool. If the symptoms appear RWI after swimming, you should immediately consult a doctor.
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