Is Your Pool Water Making You Sick?

There is nothing more relaxing than taking a nice, cool dip in a swimming pool. If it’s a really hot day, then you can spend hours in the water. However, that crystal clear water may not be as clean as you think. Did you know that one gulp of pool water can leave you sick for up to three weeks afterwards? It’s true, and it isn’t because people pee in the water either.

 

Most people think that chlorine keeps the water clean. While it does help somewhat, it cannot kill some germs. Scientists have found that many pools are infected with crypto. Cryptosporidium is a diarrhea-causing parasitic infection. The U.S. Center for Disease Control states that the numbers are on the increase, and babies are not the only ones spreading this infection.

 

The spread of this infection is caused when a person comes in contact with the feces of an infected person. Once this infection is contracted, they can experience watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. Those with compromised immune systems seem to be the most at risk. It doesn’t always have to be so obvious as feces floating in the water. The water can become contaminated if a person changes a baby’s diaper and doesn’t properly wash their hands afterwards.

 

Crypto can survive up to 10 days in the water, even if it is properly chlorinated. The best way to prevent such occurrences is to swim in your own pool or a friend’s pool. The more people that are in the water, the more likely you are to contract such a condition. Public pools are breeding grounds for all sorts of issues, and crypto is a major concern among users. Though that swim may be refreshing, you want to make sure you are protected.

 

 

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