Heated swimming pools and hot tubs are active breeding grounds for infections, according to Prof. C. Ralph Daniel III, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson,
These are the 4 common types of infection you should be aware of when using public facilities:
(1) Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). It’s most common fungal infection associated with swimming pools and hot tubs.Preventive measures against tinea pedis include washing the feet with antiseptic soap, applying an antifungal powder or cream, and wearing shoes when walking around pools, showers and hot tubs.
(2) Yeast infection. Women are more susceptible to yeast infections from the heat and moisture of pools and tubs. Obese people are also more likely to get a yeast infection in the folds of their skin when they use a hot tub or pool frequently.
(3). Hot-tub folliculitis (Pseudomonas) is a commonly acquired bacteria found in spas and hot tubs in which the bromine or chlorine levels are not kept up properly. It’s important for spa and hot-tub owners, especially in public facilities, to check the total alkalinity, acidity, and the bromine or chlorine levels once or twice a week.
Hot-tub folliculitis manifests as bumps, often painful, with or without surrounding erythema. Scarring, fever, or internal infection mayb also occur in more severe cases. Pseudomonas infections often develop between the toes of hot-tub users.
The warm, moist environment is just like a Petri dish. Seek your doctor’s advice as this also requires the right anibiotic treatment.
(4) Impetigo.(caused by either Staphylococcus or Streptococcus)
Children are especially prone to impetigo. This type of infection leads to the formation of scabby, yellow-crusted sores and, sometimes, small blisters filled with yellow fluid. Again, you must seek your doctors’s advice as this type on infection requires the proper antibiotic treatment.
Instead of a video, for this article, I have decided to include links that will show images of hot-tub follicultis and impetigo .
Please note that infections could appear in other parts of the body. I have included these links here simply to give you an idea of how they can present in form and appearance.
I hope this helps….
Author: Rowell Bulan
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