Nearly all people love to engage in recreational activities especially at their free time, after doing some work or during the holidays to entertain and relax themselves. There are several indoor and outdoor activities that can be done for recreation such as skiing, swimming, snorkeling, skateboarding and many more.
Swimming or any other water related activity for recreation can be fun but one should be aware of the risk of contracting recreational water illness which is an infection that is caused when one gets in contact with or swallows polluted water from swimming pools, rivers, hot tubs, Spas, lakes, and oceans. Recreational water illness can manifest through various symptoms like wounds on some parts of the body, pain in the stomach, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting loss of appetite, fatigue, and fever as well.
Also, recreational water activities can lead to chemical injuries which refer to the chemical burns one’s skin can suffer when in contact with water that is chemically treated by corrosive substances often found in swimming pools. In most cases, the symptoms of the chemical injury will be itchy skin, pain, blisters and rashes and visible dead skin.
How recreational water illness is spread
When people suffering from diarrhea or any other intestinal diseases swim in a pool, any tiny spot of their excrement is enough to release countless germs into the water that can cause infection to those who get in contact with or swallow the contaminated water.
Other infections can be caused by germs that live naturally in pools due to poor pool cleaning and maintenance thus the reason why a pool must be cleaned and treated by a swimming pool expert as required.
If one prefers to swim in warm swimming pools, it is important to take measures against Naegleria Fowleri which is an ameba that thrives in warm water and causes deadly brain infection.
How to Prevent Recreational illness and chemical injury
The first way to ensure prevention of these infections and injuries is to employ a swimming pool expert to clean, treat and filtrate the pool regularly as it should with the correct concentrations of chemicals. Also, it is important for any plant such as algae in the pool to be removed because it can provide a breeding area for harmful organisms that cause diseases.
For those engaging in recreation, they should avoid swimming if they are suffering from any ailments. Also, before starting any water recreation activity, one should have a bath to ensure that there is no pool contamination as well. Again after the activity, a bath is important in order to wash away chemicals and any other germs got from the pool.
In conclusion, when swimming one should avoid swallowing or getting pool water into the mouth since the water might be contaminated with disease-causing germs. For chemical injury, if one has sensitive skin, enquiring about the chemicals used to treat a pool before going ahead to swim will be helpful. Finally, learning the early signs of chemical injury to avoid further burns or even permanent skin damage is very important as well.