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I believe I have contracted a ringworm from a public swimming pool a week ago. Everyday it gets more pus inside of it, surrounding the ringworm?

I believe I have contracted a ringworm from a public swimming pool a week ago. Everyday it gets more pus inside of it, surrounding the ringworm?

Doctor can evaluate: Ringworm on the skin is a fungal infection of the surface of the skin, called a Tinea corporis infection. It generally does not get pus inside it. A pus-forming infection more often has bacteria as the cause. Thus, a doctor should look at the skin problem and offer a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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Why do our fingertips shrivel up in water (e.g. swimming pool)?

Why do our fingertips shrivel up in water (e.g. swimming pool)?

Shriveled finger tip: When sebum is washed off the skin, water is able to enter the outer layers of skin. ...Read more

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How likely is it to get an infection from swimming in a public swimming pool?

How likely is it to get an infection from swimming in a public swimming pool?

Very unlikely: As long as the pool is adequately chlorinated, there should be no risk. ...Read more

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What happens if you swim with your eyes open underwater in a chlorine swimming pool?

What happens if you swim with your eyes open underwater in a chlorine swimming pool?

Eye irritation: Chlorine is an eye irritant. It can create a mild chemical burn on the skin covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva) and the clear window of the eye (cornea). Although it is not dangerous, it is very uncomfortable. If you have sensitive eyes or are at a pool with a high chlorine level, wear swim goggles or a mask. ...Read more

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Does swimming pool chlorine damage the thyroid? If so, how can I protect my thyroid?

Does swimming pool chlorine damage the thyroid? If so, how can I protect my thyroid?

No: If you're swimming, it's fine. If you're doing pool maintenance and mixing the chlorine solution, please be careful to use proper precautions so that you don't accidentally make chlorine gas, which is highly poisonous. ...Read more

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Can I give my granddaughter a swimming pool rash (Which is around my neck)when I hug her?

Can I give my granddaughter a swimming pool rash (Which is around my neck)when I hug her?

No: A "swimming pool" rash around your neck? I do not know what it may be, but wonder about your diagnosis. Anyway, it does not seem likely to be contagious. ...Read more

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My eyes are blurry, and I'm seeing a glow around everything after being in a swimming pool.?

My eyes are blurry, and I'm seeing a glow around everything after being in a swimming pool.?

Too much chlorine: This is a common occurence in over-chlorinated pools, especially if you don't wear goggles. The chlorine irritates and dries out the cornea, causing the stinging and halo effect. This is basically a mild chemical burn. With time and frequent artificial tear use, the eye will heal. It can take up to a day to recover. If not better within this time, please see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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My skin is itching and burning after swimming in an indoor swimming pool. What could be wrong?

Chlorine!: The chlorine that is put in a public swimming pool to kill harmful organisms has also been known to cause skin irritation. When you come out of the pool, be sure that you shower well! ...Read more

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My eyes are blurry, and I'm seeing a glow around everything after being in a swimming pool for only an hour?

My eyes are blurry, and I'm seeing a glow around everything after being in a swimming pool for only an hour?

Corneal swelling.: You likely are experiencing some swelling in your cornea, the clear front portion of your eye, from exposure to the chlorine and salts in the pool water. If you open your eyes while in the pool and are not wearing a swimming mask or swimming goggles, this is more likely to happen. Your cornea is likely experiencing an osmotic accumulation of pool water from the corneal exposure to the chlorine. ...Read more

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After taking dad out the swimming pool when he was feeling dizzy is anything else that I can do to help my dad?

After taking dad out the swimming pool when he was feeling dizzy is anything else that I can do to help my dad?

See his doctor: If your dad is feeling dizzy you should find out why. It may be as simple as he needs to drink more water. Or he might have labyrinthitis; or it may be something more serious, like heart failure or some strange heart rhythm. Whatever the cause, have him discuss his symptoms with his doctor. ...Read more

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White dry blotches on face. She is a swimmer and trains 5 times a week. Could this be the chlorine from the swimming pool?

White dry blotches on face. She is a swimmer and trains 5 times a week. Could this be the chlorine from the swimming pool?

Possibly: Depends what these patches look like...chlorine can be drying and irritative...prob would suggest moisturizing before and after pool exposure. ...Read more

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I have herpees and have a very bad outbreak atm can I go to a public swimming pool and swim or will it make the outbreak worse?

I have herpees and have a very bad outbreak atm can I go to a public swimming pool and swim or will it make the outbreak worse?

DO NO: Do not go to the public swimming pool.
It prob will be very irritating to the herpes outbreak you are experiencing.

The chemicals in public pools are high concentration ...Read more

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I wanna loose 10 pounds, at the gym I like treadmill, elliptical (the best), bike and swimming pool. Which would be best to do?

Cross train: I would do at least two do you like elliptical because its easiest or you can work hardest? If its easiest don't do it if its hardest do it. I would suggest swimming for the other but that's my opinion. ...Read more

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I hv eczema but no one in my family ever had eczema. It started after sitting 5-6 hours in the swimming pool. Chlorinated water is d cause?? Pls tell

I hv eczema but no one in my family ever had eczema. It started after sitting 5-6 hours in the swimming pool. Chlorinated water is d cause?? Pls tell

Eczema unlikely: Eczema is primarily a problem with the immune system or microscopic structural problem within the skin. It can certainly worsen (all of a sudden) in older people due to infection or contact exposure or other triggers. Your description sounds more consistent with irritant skin reaction or an infection. A physical exam by a physician will go a long way toward finding the right treatment. ...Read more

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Why do our hands get wrinkly when we're in water (e.g. swimming pool) for too long?

Why do our hands get wrinkly when we're in water (e.g. swimming pool) for too long?

Wrinkly: When sebum is washed off the skin, water is able to enter the outer layers of skin. ...Read more

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How soon after accupunture can you go in a swimming pool?

How soon after accupunture can you go in a swimming pool?

Avoid cold and: Exercise for a minimum of 4 hours. I ask my patients not to do physical workouts or to get physically cold for the remainder of the day. ...Read more

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Could I 'pop my cherry' jumping in a swimming pool?

Could I 'pop my cherry' jumping in a swimming pool?

I suppose: I guess you probably could but I never heard of such an anecdote. ...Read more

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When is it safe for a newborn baby to go in a swimming pool?

When is it safe for a newborn baby to go in a swimming pool?

Not recommended: While we may see some infants 'swimming' in a pool on you-tube-as a pediatrician and neonatologist-it is too risky. No rush to learn to swim. Wait till 1-2 yrs of age. Better to be safe. Want to avoid any risks if you come. ...Read more

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When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

Pool water: If the pool is properly maintained and the water properly treated, the liklihood of serious illness is minimal. If non-toilet trained infants/children are swimming, transmission of giardiasis, cryptosporidium and enteroviruses (echo virus and coxsackie virus) all causes of diarrheal illness is possible. ...Read more

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My baby is 3 months old. When can I take her to a public swimming pool?

My baby is 3 months old. When can I take her to a public swimming pool?

3mo old: Firstly public pools are the worst when it comes to contamination. I would suggest that you wait till 6mo of age. ...Read more

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I seem to have an allergic reaction to Soda Ash in outdoor swimming pool in Florida?

I seem to have an allergic reaction to Soda Ash in outdoor swimming pool in Florida?

Depends on reaction: Hi Theresa...unfortunately you didn't mention if you get a rash or nasal symptoms. Or breathing symptoms......but presuming this is for your own pool, the best thing is to use a different type of product to adjust the pH in the pool....avoidance is the best treatment. Good luck ...Read more

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After visiting a public swimming pool I caught a cold. How can I shorten the time of recovery?

After visiting a public swimming pool I caught a cold. How can I shorten the time of recovery?

Rest, Fluids: Decongestant tablets. Zinc sulfate lozenges may help. Time is your best ally. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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After getting out of the swimming pool immedely start peeing everyone notices should I be concerned?

After getting out of the swimming pool immedely start peeing everyone notices should I be concerned?

Depends: Being immersed in cool water may result in increased urination, and this is not a cause for concern. If you are experiencing frequent urges to urinate and/ or difficulty controlling your bladder, you could have a urinary tract infection, which calls for an evaluation by a health care provider. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has a parasite (cryptosporidium) from a swimming pool and I was wondering if I might have it as well and how to check?

A friend of mine has a parasite (cryptosporidium) from a swimming pool and I was wondering if I might have it as well and how to check?

Stop worrying: If your immune system isn't horribly damaged from HIV or something similar, this is a transient diarrhea from which you recover in a few days, if you have symptoms at all. ...Read more

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We are going on holidays and it summer is it ok to put my 4 month old baby in out door swimming pool and beach water is it to cold for him?

We are going on holidays and it summer is it ok to put my 4 month old baby in out door swimming pool and beach water is it to cold for him?

Should be okay: Most of the time in the summer, babies can be in outdoor water by the time that they are 4 years old (as long as they are otherwise healthy). Don't leave your baby unattended because babies and toddlers can drown very quickly. If your baby acts happy and seems comfortable, then the water is not too cold.
Have fun. ...Read more

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What does oversweating means? My hair sweat very fast and soak just as I came out from swimming pool or shower, dripping sweats to floor! Help

What does oversweating means? My hair sweat very fast and soak just as I came out from swimming pool or shower, dripping sweats to floor! Help

Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a relatively common condition where one perspires excessively or even for no apparent reason. There are various treatments available, from over the counter anti-perspirants (not just deodorants), prescription anti-perspirants, to surgical intervention. Check with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out other possible causes. ...Read more

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Sweat has a definite chlorine-like smell (like a swimming pool). I haven't swam in a swimming pool for more than a year. Could it represent something?

Sweat has a definite chlorine-like smell (like a swimming pool). I haven't swam in a swimming pool for more than a year. Could it represent something?

Low carbs?: Are you on a carbohydrate, high-protein diet? This might be one explanation. If not, consider seeing your doctor for a valuation of other possible metabolic issues. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck ...Read more

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Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Lice Don't Swim: Head lice live only on human beings. Can be spread quickly by using the hat, comb, or towel of infected person or by close contact. May crawl or fall onto clothing, bedding, towels, furniture, pool. Don't survive off body >24hr. Anyone can get lice despite frequent hairwashing. The nits (eggs) normally hatch into lice in about 1 week. Do not carry other diseases, no lasting health consequences. ...Read more

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When can a child go into a swimming pool after having head lice?

When can a child go into a swimming pool after having head lice?

After treatment: I agree that head lice can't swim, but kids do touch heads in swimming pools; so to be safe, I would do the prescribed treatment, and use a fine comb (such as the one that comes with some head lice medications) to comb out any nits (eggs) that may be attached to hair shafts. Once that has been done, the kid can participate in all activities, including swimming. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get chlorine in your eyes from a swimming pool?

Is it dangerous to get chlorine in your eyes from a swimming pool?

No: The chlorine may irritate your eyes, but it is temporary and safe. Consider wearing goggles if your eye do get irritated. ...Read more

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Can sperm enter a woman's vagina while in swimming in a swimming pool?

Can sperm enter a woman's vagina while in swimming in a swimming pool?

Sperm: They won't swim across the pool to get to a woman. But, it there is vaginal intercourse, the sperm can travel just fine. ...Read more

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Can I swim in a swimming pool a month after getting a belly button piercing?

Can I swim in a swimming pool a month after getting a belly button piercing?

Swimming: You may if the area has healed and there is no evidence of infection ...Read more

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more