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Doctor insights on: Ringworm And Swimming Pools

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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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Will you get ringworm from swimming?

Will you get ringworm from swimming?

Not likely: Ringworm or tinea is caused by a fungus known as a dermatophyte. It lives on human and animal skin. It prefers moist areas of skin, but can grow anywhere on the body. It can be acquired by direct contact with infected skin of animals or humans. The dermatophyte does not live in water so it is unlikely that you would get it from swimming.

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I have been using medicine for ringworm for three days can I go swimming?

I have been using medicine for ringworm for three days can I go swimming?

Yes: I assume you are using a topical antifungal for the ringworm (a fungal infection of the skin and not actually a worm despite the name). If you are using a topical treatment and are swimming right after you normally apply the medication, wait until after swimming and then apply to avoid it being washed off before it has penetrated the skin. If it is a pill, swimming will have no effect.

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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.

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If I have a ringworm/fungal infection can I go swimming in clorine water?

If I have a ringworm/fungal infection can I go swimming in clorine water?

You should: Have your fungal infection TREATED BEFORE you use a common pool! People REACT to seeing ANY skin problem in other swimmers. You CAN go swimming in a chlorine trteated pool but you SHOULDN'T (In my opinion!!!) Hope this helps! Dr Z

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Can polio be transmitted in swimming pools?

Can polio be transmitted in swimming pools?

Depends: Poliovirus is transmitted by fecal-hand-oral contamination or by pharyngeal spread. Entry is via the oral route. If the pool is not well chlorinated the virus can persist in the water and possibly infect someone who has not been immunized. Immunization is very effective in preventing spread. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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What are the health risks of using public swimming pools, if any?

What are the health risks of using public swimming pools, if any?

Minimal: In a properly maintained public bathing facility, the biggest health risk is athletes foot from the locker room. However, if someone in the pool has bad diarrhea, for example, it is possible to get a nasty e. Coli infection from drinking the water. Similarly, if you are immunocompromised, it's possible to get things like legionarres disease from the moist air. But generally it's really safe.

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Why would I suddenly be allergic to chlorinated swimming pools?

Why would I suddenly be allergic to chlorinated swimming pools?

Describe symptoms: Please tell us what actually bothers you. The chlorine in pools acts as irritants and not allergens but there is no way to answer your question without knowing what actually ails you.

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Can hot tubs and swimming pools give you recurring low grade uti's?

Can hot tubs and swimming pools give you recurring low grade uti's?

Should not: Uti's are caused when bacteria get pushed up into the urethra. This can commonly happen during sex or exercise like bike riding. Hot tubs and swimming pools do not cause bacteria to be pushed into the urethra.

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Does the chlorine in pools aggravate asthma? I seem to get asthma attacks more when swimming than when doing other exercise.

Does the chlorine in pools aggravate asthma? I seem to get asthma attacks more when swimming than when doing other exercise.

Chlorine in pools: Yes, chlorine in pools can definitely be a chemical irritant not only for asthma, but also for nasal and sinus conditions and can lead to sinusitis that also can trigger asthma. So it's potentially a problem two ways. A lot of pools are being converted to salt water mixes that require a lot fewer chemicals. If you own the pool, you could check into that. It never hurts to bring up the possibility.

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Hello, I am suffering from urticaria for last 3 years...and probably this occurred due to Chlorine present in swimming pools...I masturbate thrice a d?

Hello, I am suffering from urticaria for last 3 years...and probably this occurred due to Chlorine present in swimming pools...I masturbate thrice a d?

Unlikely: Neither the chlorine in the pool or your masturbation is causing your hives. Have you consulted an allergist to get an evaluation since there are many types of hives and many causes for hives. Most hives can be controlled although the cause may never be known despite exhaustive studies.

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Can swimming pools make sunburn hurt worse?

Can swimming pools make sunburn hurt worse?

Water may dry out: Skin ; you are often exposed to more sun when in a swimming pool.

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Can I get Trachomoniasis in swimming pools or in toilet?

Can I get Trachomoniasis in swimming pools or in toilet?

Trichamonads: Trichomoniasis is the most common curable STI found in young, sexually active women. The parasite is spread through sexual contact. Women can get it by having penis-to-vagina intercourse with an infected man or vulva-to-vulva contact with an infected woman. Men usually get it only from infected women. It can be present in swimming pools or hot tubs.

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Currently treating vaginal fungal infection with clatrimazole (?), can I go swimming in pools or sea? How long to wait? I'm on holiday, I want to enjoy!

Currently treating vaginal fungal infection with clatrimazole (?), can I go swimming in pools or sea? How long to wait? I'm on holiday, I want to enjoy!

OK to swim: This doesn't need to interfere with swimming or any other holiday activity (except maybe vaginal sex!). If you're having significant external genital symptoms (e.g. labial or vulvar irritation and itching), some vigorous physical activities (e.g. biking, running, etc) might be a bit uncomfortable, but not harmful. Just use the medication as directed and do whatever isn't bothersome.

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