Bathing Before Swimming


Rinsing the body after the swim becomes a must do a lot of people. However, not many people who feel it is important to shower before jumping into the pool. In fact, a shower before swimming to prevent infections arising from the pool water.

Diseases caused by water swimming pools (recreational water Illnesses / RWI) is spread by swallowing or breathing in contaminated water, particularly from public swimming pools. This disease affects estimated by more than 10,000 people in the United States each year.

Researchers from the University of Michigan said, shower before swimming can be a way to prevent infections due to pond water. Body rinse with water before contact with the pool water can reduce the chemicals that are still stuck in the skin removed.

Research conducted by a team from the University of Illinois in 2010 found that nitrogen-containing products are used by swimmers, for example, sunscreens or cosmetics, will be the agent that is toxic when mixed with a disinfectant in swimming pools.

Exposure to disinfectants in the long run will cause genetic mutations in the body that can cause defects in the fetus, accelerates the aging process, respiratory problems, even cancer.

Although chlorine is sufficient to kill most of the RWI-causing bacteria in one hour, but the parasite that causes stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea can survive in the pool for several days while the water already contains a disinfectant.

One way to prevent the spread of RWI is to prevent the parasite into the pool. Therefore, experts recommend that children bathe with soap before swimming.

Parents are also asked to teach kids not to urinate in the pond to prevent water pollution.

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