Pool Disease Prevention and Treatment

Taking precautions against bacteria and diseases in your pool can be accomplished by regular pool cleaning. Swimmers should take preventative measures to avoid contamination. We're going to review some of these and how they can affect those who swim in your pool. While a meticulously clean pool is essential, there are ways swimmers can also help keep the pool disease-free.

Avoid infecting others

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One of the ways a swimmer can prevent his fellow swimmers from getting Cryptosporidium is to not swim for two weeks following a case of diarrhea. Crypto is the leading water-born disease. It's a diarrheal disease transmitted when someone who is sick with diarrhea swims in a pool. Healthy kids and adults who become infected with Crypto suffer from cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea for weeks following an outbreak. Symptoms begin 2-10 days following exposure. A patient will rally, but then symptoms may worsen again.

Cleaning the pool

A dirty pool causes some diseases. Neglect of regular pool cleaning causes bacteria to flourish and form slime, also known as biofilm. Pseudomonas and Legionella can live in slime. Even worse, slime can protect these bacteria from disinfectants, so it's essential to treat slime.

Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection which generally affects people who are older or have compromised immune systems. Legionnaires' disease can cause nausea, vomiting, high fever, muscle pain, and fever in addition to respiratory symptoms.

Pseudomonas is responsible for skin and ear infections. Skin disorders are often called 'hot tub rash.' Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist Dr. Ravi Agarwal describes the odor of a bad Pseudomonas ear infection as "the sweet smell of zombie death.' Often, the infection is mild. But sometimes, it can cause a severe infection or even death.

Other measures

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Also, a homeowner can make provisions for guests to have the means to shower before and after swimming.

  • Even a one minute shower before swimming will remove most dirt from a swimmer.

  • Everyone who swims in the pool should also be careful to not swim for two weeks if they have had diarrhea.

  • No one should swallow any pool water.

  • Everyone should take a bathroom break at least once per hour. Never change diapers next to the pool: go to the diaper-changing area.

  • Use a test strip to determine if a pool's chlorine and pH level are acceptable. If you aren't a pool owner, you can get those free from the Water Quality & Health Council. Order them here.

As the reader may have surmised, a meticulously clean pool is the first step in keeping swimmers healthy. If a homeowner doesn't have the time or skill, a pool company can help. We know you want to have a safe pool and keep your family safe when they swim in public pools. With these tips, everyone can swim safely.

813 Pool Service provides Tampa, Florida and the surrounding area pool cleaning, pool repair, and pool maintenance including pump and motor repair. Call us today! 813-461-6102.