I personally have an issue with swimming. And lto my friends and colleageus give me a she is going berserk look. But it doesn’t stop me from having an issue with it. Swimming came for me pretty late in life. I was late by several years. But I had to learn it. I was so fascinated with the idea of swimming. Health, glamour, toned body.. everything about the exercise was great.
After swimming for a few years I developed a certain unhealthy sickly feeling. The chemicals, so many people, young and old, all coming from different hygienically backgrounds and up-bringing all in the same pool. I was witness to so many actions and incidents I wish I had not come across, filled me with a feeling that I did not want to swim next season.
I wanted to advice people not to go for that form of exercise unless they had access to a private pool of a family friend. I wanted to go further and tell them in the same breath that if they were using a private family pool of a friends the must make sure they are following hygiene like religion.
At some point of time it also struck to em that may be I was going overboard. But in the end I thought I was being realist. I began looking up the net to find if more people shared my though and I found hundreds of them did. So I thought of putting it all down and take it further.
Kinds of diseases one can catch from swimming
Diarrhea, infections of skin and ear. Respiratory infections have also been linked to swimming. Diarrhea is one of the most common illnesses associated with swimming.
Diarrhea is spread when disease-causing germs from human or animal feces get into the water. You are likely to get infected with diarrhea if you swallow water in the pool even by accident that contains these germs. One can also get Diarrhea by swimming in the ocean.
It is said that Chlorine kills the germs no its not entirely true. It is true that Chlorine does a good job of killing most germs, but it does not sterilize the water. Some germs can survive in the pool or sp.
Chlorine must be maintained at proper levels to kill most germs. But the high water temperature of hot tubs and spas may cause chlorine to evaporate faster. As a result of this the chlorine levels in hot tubs and spas need to be checked more often than in swimming pools.
People assume that since they can smell chlorine in the water the germs must be dead. But ni reality this is not the case. The water may still not be germ free.
Do not swim in areas that have been identified by health departments as unsafe. Do not swim in warm, stagnant, fresh water. To prevent an infection by Naegleria, avoid swimming in small shallow ponds or areas.
Naegleria is a germ that is found in warm, stagnant bodies of fresh water and can be a cause of severe diseases. You should notify the pool attendant if you see fecal matter in the pool.