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Doctor insights on: Open Water Swimming Technique

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I went swimming and my ears got blocked with water . I tried some techniques of removing but none worked so I bought eardrops and my ear is blocked?

I went swimming and my ears got blocked with water . I tried some techniques of removing but none worked  so I bought eardrops and my ear is blocked?

Swimmer's ear?: The water is trapped because of the surface tension keeping the water in. Try a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol. If this does not work, you will need to see your doctor about it. Do note that many long-term swimmers and surfers developed protrusions in the ear canals which may impede water drainage. When severe, they may need to be surgically removed). ...Read more

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Should I avoid swimming in a public salt water pool when having an active lichen sclerosis flare with an open lesion?

Should I avoid swimming in a public salt water pool when having an active lichen sclerosis flare with an open lesion?

CELLULITIS: Yes, to avoid Cellulitis (a superficial skin infection ), that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil or underlying skin lesion. I also would suggest getting retested for food and environmental allergies by blood and skin testing . Evaluation for RA /LUPUS and IMMUNE SYSTEM is also warranted. ...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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Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Swimming Pool Water: Swimming pool water will not make your skin paler.Chlorine treated indoor swimming pools can cause asthma or other breathing problems in swimmers according to research from several sources. ...Read more

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Will swimming in lake water will hurt my fetus?

Will swimming in lake water will hurt my fetus?

Doubtful: The only way i could see any downside to this is if you picked up a parasite in the lake and got sick.That would not hurt baby directly but might make you struggle for a while.The disadvantage with lakes and ponds comes from the wildlife that comes close to drink. They often drop a little stool in the process and this spreads giardia and e coli. ...Read more

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Does being in swimming in water effect my laryngitis?

Does being in swimming in water effect my laryngitis?

It might: If you already have the laryngitis. Swimming requires cellular energy and if that is compromised your immunity could be affected. ...Read more

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Is swimming good for babies? What about the pool water?

Is swimming good for babies? What about the pool water?

Depends on reason: I find infants/toddlers/kids do well in the water and enjoy the process when used as a a fun activity. Parents need to understand that it must be closely supervised and kids warned never to go near water unless an adult is with them. Swimming "lessons" are a problem when uses as a "safety" measure in children. You can NEVER drown proof a kid,ever, with lessons and I don't suggest them before 4y. ...Read more

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Can constant swimming in chlorine water be bad for you?

Can constant swimming in chlorine water be bad for you?

Irritant: Irritating to skin, hair, eyes, maybe lungs. I would rather swim in a chlorinated pool than one that wasn't- decreases infections. ...Read more

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I was swimming in a river and accidently swallowed some water, am I risk for giardiasis?

I was swimming in a river and accidently swallowed some water, am I risk for giardiasis?

Usually not: Just because you swam somewhere doesn't mean you will get giardia. It is a parasite and is acquired by swallowing it (contaminated food or water). The symptoms ate gas, cramping pain, and on and off diarrhea. ...Read more

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