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Tinkling in the pool causes disgust and discomfort
Although urine in the water probably will not cause swimmers to go to the emergency room, it causes "more of a respiratory, ocular irritation: the red puffy eyes or a cough, an itchy throat," said Michele Hlavsa, an epidemiologist in the division of parasitic diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." A big health message is not to urinate or pee in the water."
And it happens far more frequently than water-lovers would like to think.
In a survey of 1,000
"Yeah," Phelps replied.
"Which nationality pees in the pool the most?” Kimmel asked.
"Probably Americans," Phelps said.
"Oh, so we're number one in that too," Kimmel quipped.
Source: CDC Sometimes, an indoor swimming pool will emit a strong chemical smell. The swimmers have coughs or red, stinging eyes after emerging from the pool. Usually those symptoms get dismissed as the effects of chlorine, but their causes are something more organic.
When swimmers sweat or urinate in the pool water, the bodily fluids combine with the chlorine. It creates chloramines, which causes the strange odor and the eye and respiratory irritations for swimmers, according to the CDC.
No matter how discreet the act may be, "you're contaminating the pool. Let's face it," said Linda Golodner, the vice chairwoman of the Water Quality and Health Council.
The survey released by Golodner's group, which advises the American Chemistry Council, found that 11 percent of the surveyed adults said they have swum with a runny nose, 7 percent with an exposed rash or cut and 1 percent when ill with diarrhea. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The most common recreational water illness is spread through diarrhea. One of the most persistent problems is Cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes diarrhea and can be found in infected stools.
"With Crypto, if you have diarrhea, it's very watery," Hlavsa said. "It's not a formed stool sitting in the pool or floating on top. It could be very watery, and no one [in a pool] would know."
During the past two decades, Crypto has become one of the most common causes of waterborne illness.
Unlike E. coli and salmonella, Crypto can resist chlorine. In 2007, the parasite sickened more than 1,200 people who had visited recreational water facilities in
According to the CDC, if someone swallows water that has been contaminated with feces, he or she may become sick even if very little water is consumed.
The agency also recommends that people shower before a swim, because most people have traces of feces on their bottoms, which can contaminate recreational water. In the Water Quality survey, 35 percent reported skipping a shower before swimming.
Don't swim when you have diarrhea
Avoid swallowing pool water
Shower before swimming
Wash your hands after using toilet or changing diapers
Take children on bathroom breaks or check diapers often
Change diapers in bathroom and not at poolside
Source and Full Story: CNN