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Head lice can able to spread through the use of swimming pools. They survive by holding onto hair and pool chlorine levels aren’t capable of killing lice. When a person’s head goes under water the lice are not likely to let go. There are several ways to spread lice including sharing towels or any items that have been in contact with infected person’s hair. If you have lice then do not swim before treating your hair within 1-2 days.

Contaminated water can spread germs. It causes recreational water illness such as RWIs. It has a wide variety of symptoms including respiratory, ear, and eye and skin infections. The most reported RWI is diarrhea. The CDC reported that pregnant women, children and people with compromised immune systems are at risk of more severe illness if they get infected.

Most of this case does not pose a health risk. Few of the germs they carry can infect people and most of them are killed by chlorine within minutes in a well maintained pool.

Chlorine can kill the germs what make people sick but it take some time. Chlorine in a properly disinfected pool kills most germs. There are several type of germs such as Cryptosporidium are able to survive for days in even a properly disinfected swimming pool. It takes too longer to kill sometimes.  Many things including dirt, debris, sunlight and materials from swimmers bodies can reduce the chlorine level in the water. That’s why a good hygiene and  healthy swimming behavior is needed to protect your family.

Follow these recommendations from the CDC:

  • Try avoiding the pool water get in your mouth.
  • Take the kids to check diapers and bathroom breaks
  • Before swimming wash your child thoroughly with soap and water
  • Never swim when you have diarrhea (especially kids in diapers)
  • Change the diapers in a bathroom instead of poolside
  • Take shower before swimming and wash your hand after changing diapers and using toilets

See if your pool water is clean or not. You are able to see the drain or painted stripes on the floor from the perimeter of the pool. Watch for drainage grills at the top of pool walls. Check out the tiles if they feel smooth and clean. Sticky and slippery tiles caused by algae and unwanted organisms. Strong chemical odors like eye, skin or respiratory irritation are caused by high level of chloramines. Chlorine can help you to get rid of it. A strong chemical odor can’t be seen in a well maintained pool.

There is an infection known as swimmer’s ear. The Center Disease Control gave precautions about this disease. You can find great information on the CDC website given below:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/rwi/illnesses/swimmers-ear.html

The most important things are chlorine and pH level of pool water. Make the adjustments accordingly. The chlorine level is set to be maintained between 2 and 4 parts per million. It must never fall below 1 ppm. The pH needs to be maintained between 7.2 and 7.8. proper range of pH helps to maintain chlorine’s germ killing power. Pool operators keep pool cleaning equipment’s running perfectly. Pumps circulate clean chlorinated water in all part of pool. Filters remove debris. Periodic replace of pool water reduces contaminants.

One of the best pool area remodeling projects is hot tubs. Warm water therapy or hydrotherapy in hot tub consist of three healing ingredients what includes buoyancy, massage and heat. This is both healthy and relaxing.  Hot tubs hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical benefits that work much deeper than just pleasure and relaxation. You can add resistance jets to a lap pool. This provides endless currents which is another way to promote health. Swimming is also a great source of workout of all muscle groups.

These conditions indicate that the water is in need of proper treatment. There is a harmful chemical named chloramines. The common reason is high level of chloramines formed when chlorine makes contact with body oils, urine, perspiration and other contaminants what is brought by swimmers. Most people think there is too much chlorine in the swimming pool when they get strong chemical smell. But it is completely opposite. The thing is, the pool actually needs additional chlorine treatment to get rid of chloramines.