If you are like most people, you have had red eyes after swimming in a pool. We usually chalk it up to a chemical imbalance, such as too much chlorine in the pool. Sadly that is not why your eyes were red. Ready to find out why you have red eyes after swimming? Read on for the dirty details!
Why Do I Get Red Eyes After Swimming?
When you are at a public pool, or even a private swimming pool, you might be jumping into more than just water and pool chemicals. As gross as it sounds, when people get into a swimming pool, they don’t always get out when it’s time to go to the bathroom. When bodily fluids mix with the chlorine in the pool, it forms chloramine. Chloramine is what is actually responsible for red eyes after swimming. As Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s healthy swimming program puts it, “It’s chlorine mixed with poop and sweat and a lot of other things we bring into the water with us. …it forms what’s known as chloramine and it’s actually chloramine that causes the red eyes.”
What’s That Smell?
Want an easy way to tell if the pool you’re about to swim in is clean or not? The stronger the pool’s chlorine smell is, the more pee and bodily fluids are in it! Healthy pools do not smell like chemicals, Hlavsa said. “It’s not chlorine’s job to clean pee from a swimming pool. Its plate is full with E. coli and other germs. Once people start adding pee, poop, sweat, and dirt to the equation, it starts to try to tackle those instead, leaving it with little energy for anything else,” said Hlavsa.
The Worst Germ In The Swimming Pool
Pools at hotels, recreation centers, and other public spots are notorious for nasty germs but personal pools can be responsible for them too! One of the nastiest, pool-related germs and causes for illness is a hard-to-kill parasite called Cryptosporidium, or crypto. Crypto can resist chlorine in swimming pools, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What Can You Do?
If you own a swimming pool, the CDC stresses the importance of testing the water on a regular basis, after heavy rains or usage. Maintaining proper PH levels are important to stop the spread of germs. Ultimately, with help of a pool service company, like R.I.G. Custom Pool & Spa, getting the correct balance is easy! Get your free service estimate here.
Sure, you could be feeling a little hesitant about getting in the water now. Don’t be, just follow these easy Pool Rules and you are good swim until your heart’s content! It’s summertime in Florida, so go out and have some fun in your pool!
- Always Shower Before Getting Into The Swimming Pool
Rinse off for a full minute. This gets rid of the majority of dirt or anything else on your body. Did you know most adults say they don’t rinse off before swimming, according to a survey by the Water Quality and Health Council?
- Stay Out Of The Water If You Have Diarrhea Or Open Wounds.
Yes, it’s that easy! However, some adults said they would swim in a pool within one hour of having diarrhea. That does not including kids or babies.
- Do Not Urinate or Defecate In The Swimming Pool.
That means get out of the pool and walk to a bathroom if you have to go pee or poop. If you have kids, take them to the bathroom. If you have a baby, remember swim diapers are not leak proof.
- Do Not Swallow Pool Water.
Don’t even let it get in your mouth. Seriously, why would you even want to do this?
- Check Inspection Results If Using A Public Pool.
The CDC recommends checking the latest inspection results of public pools online or poolside.
Keep Your Swimming Pool Clean
Now that you know the rules; follow them and be sure to keep your pool maintained at the proper chemical levels. An easy way to ensure your pool remains healthy is with RIG Custom Pool & Spa! We pride ourselves on assembling a staff of experienced and polite pool professionals capable of working on pools of any size. Additionally, we are state-certified and have an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about the services we provide or schedule a cleaning, call our office in Winter Haven, Florida at (863) 294-4475 or send us a message on Facebook!
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