Here’s why you should always take a shower before swimming in a pool

Have you ever wondered why swimming pools have a small little foot trough to get your feet wet before you enter the pool or the showers which require you to shower first as is the recommended practice? You’ll be surprised to know the science behind such common actions which are extremely beneficial for your health failing which you could contract certain diseases including sever skin infections.

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A new research conducted to gauge the effects of pool water on health has revealed the importance of taking a shower before swimming.

1 Swimming Pool Disinfectant Can Cause Dangerous By Products

Research carried out at the University of South Carolina has issued a health report about the dangerous chemicals that are used in disinfecting a swimming pool. While such substances aren’t going to cause you a health problem because why would they use it in swimming pool if it did, it is your bodily fluids if mixed with such chemicals can cause dangerous reactions.

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Entering a swimming pool without washing off the sweat and personal care products that you might have used may cause the disinfectants to react with such fluids which would then result in DBP’s or dangerous disinfection byproducts harmful to your health. Moreover, make sure your kids don’t pee in the pool as the same dangerous toxins are produced from reaction with urine.

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2 Study observed Atmosphere of swimming equally contaminated

When such byproducts were tested in laboratories, it was observed how genetically damaging they were to living cells. Various reports have found instances which have caused diseases such as bladder cancer and respiratory problems. The study found such prevailing issues in swimming pools, both private and public, as well as hot tubs too.

According to biochemist and co-author of the study, Susan Richardson, the main respiratory irritant present in the atmosphere near swimming pools is trichloramine, that is formed as a combination of urine and chlorine, it is the same byproduct formed in the swimming pool which enters the air.

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3 Several contaminants found in indoor swimming pools and hot tubs

Trichloramine is known to cause several respiratory conditions such as asthma, colds and coughs. Although she stated that the suggestion isn’t to stay away from swimming pools but to practice moderation. The study also observed that the problem featured low in outdoor pools due to the higher degree of ventilation but if used extensively, the levels of such substances could increase.

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To arrive at the conclusion, water samples from several indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs were tested, taking into account normal and extensive use. Almost 100 DBP’s were found among which the researchers discovered mutagenic substances that had a huge potential to cause considerable damage and mutation to human cells.

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