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how long should you wait to go swimming after you get dissolvable stitches?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Until dissolve: If they are outside your mouth and exposed to the water, wait until they dissolve. Otherwise your wound may reopen or heal improperly. Good Luck.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

At age is it safe to start swimming?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Any age with parent!: There are classes for babies as young as 6 months (with their parents of course!) these classes are meant to get babies used to water. However, kids are generally not developmentally really ready to swim on their own until about 5 years. Swimming lessons are a good idea as drowning is a cause of preventable death in children.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can I go swimming during the course of my radiation treatments?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Not recommended: Swimming is not recommended. The chemicals found in most pool water may irritate your skin. The alignment skin marks may also fade from soaking in water for too long.
A 18-year-old member asked:

Can I go swimming without using a tampon?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
When not on a period: The only time a woman needs a tampon when swimming is during her menstrual periods (about 1/5 of the year). The rest of the time, no tampon is needed. A pregnant woman should not need a tampon. A woman not worried about blood staining her swimsuit or clothing does not need a tampon when swimming in a river, lake, or ocean because the amount of water is infinitely larger than the amount of blood.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Should I use a tampon if my periods light and i'm going swimming tomorrow?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes, but please make sure to change the tampon after swimming especially in a lake or pond as the water enters the vagina and can be a source of bacterial growth if a tampon is left in place for hours after the swim.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can just swimming develop lats, traps like olympic swimmers have?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Think about it: The lats pull the arm close to the side; the traps raise the shoulders. It should be clear enough how the basic strokes do this by working these movements against resistance. Hop in a pool with a good swim instructor and you'll see how sore these get from a good swim.

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