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Swimming At Lake Powell
I went swimming in a lake yesterday and just today I started getting ronchas (aka itchyness) wat do I do?
Possible...: You could allergic to any substance in the water you were swimming. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or any antihistaminic over the counter can help with symptoms but you should at some point see your doctor for evaluation of allergies or any other sensitivity reaction you might prone for. ...Read more
Is there any way to safely go swimming with a pd catheter, in lakes? Is there a dressing that is waterproof that I can get to go swimming?
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
I don't know why: People would exhale prior to breaking into the water. There are people who hyperventilate to extend breath hold capacity. This isn't safe as it can cause one to blackout underwater. ...Read more
I was swimming in a lake/dam, can you get hepatitis from that? What if someone peed in it. Is that possible
Hepatitis: Hepatitis such as hepatitis A is acquired via the fecal oral route ...Read more
Yes.: A Nexplanon insertion leaves a similar small needle skin wound that a blood test does. Provided the wound is healing well, and shows no signs of an infection (redness, warmth, discharge, excessive pain), you can keep the area covered with a bandaid while swimming, then clean the area with soap and water afterwards, pat area dry and reapply a clean bandaid. ...Read more
NOt a good idea: Since lakes can harbor a lot of germs and now you don't have as much protection for your baby. How about a nice long walk around the lake instead? Good luck with L&D. ...Read more
The skinny on Skinny: Nope. There are no health concerns different without clothes than with clothes on. Sort of a cute question for a medical site like this. ...Read more
Son, 5y, was swimming in Lake Mi today & swallow/choke on water due to lg waves. Late afternoon, he became cold & was coughing but stopped now. Worry?
I was swimming in lake manitoba and accidentally inhaled a lot of water fur to very high waves. Should I be concerned?
Lake Manitoba: Although lake manitoba has previously had issues with high escherichia coli counts, I was unable to find any water quality reports that indicated any significant issues currently. However, whenever this type of water is ingested there is always potential for infection. Take care. ...Read more
I have itching and hives for over 3 weeks gets more itchy after showering or swimming in lake what is this, what can I do for relief?
Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. ...Read more
My child went swimming in a lake while wearing loose goggles. Now he has red circles around his eyes. What would cause that?
If they were swimming: Goggles & were new to him, he may have an allergic reaction to the rubber or plastic where it contacts the eyes. Even though loose fitting, they still will have contact around the entire eye at one time or another while swimming. Have him see a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more
I think I have an infected pimple, it's really red and swollen and angry and has seemingly endless amounts of puss. Is swimming in a lake w this safe?
No.: Any time you have an opening in your skin, this gives the bacteria in your environment a chance to enter your body and causes infection or worsen your current infection. The lake water is not bacteria free. I recommend staying out of the lake if you have a pimple full of puss as you described. Wait till it heals. If the pimple is getting worst, a doctor will needs to see it to help you. ...Read more
Can swimming at "Big Bear lakes" surrounded by algae give you deadly brain eating disease? I swam all weekend and woke up with headache. Back home now, still waking up with dull headache.
"Brain-eating...": Deadly brain-eating disease: You have a very colorful way with words. If you're able to post that, I don't think too much of your brain can have been consumed yet. Do you mean the lake in the San Bdo Mtns? If you're worried, see your doctor. Although the chances of your having a deadly brain-munching disease are low, some screening and surveillance wouldn't be inappropriate. ...Read more
Is it okay to blow bubbles OUT of nose under water when swimming in fresh water lake? Concerned about N Floweri. Thank you!
Nargleria: Naegleria fowleri is a rare parasitic disease acquired from fresh water with the risk being highest when the water is warm, in the US there have been 133 cases reported from 1966-2014 according to CDC and 80% have been in children. So, while the risk is there and it is a deadly disease, the probabilities of getting the disease is low ...Read more
Can someone get genital herpes from swimming in a lake / private pool with someone that has herpes?
Is it safe to go swimming in either lakes or pools if I've had recurrent yeast and bacterial infections for the past year?
Can TMJ cause morning nausea? I was diagnosed with TMJ in 2005, never had issues until recently, swimming in 60 degree lake for hours. Now since returning I have pain in TMJ location for 4 days (right side jaw, right temple and sometimes neck)
See below: Hard to say. Could be coincidental, but there are many other possibilities. If concerned, see you doc. ...Read more
Is it normal to have lung irritation after swimming? Why do my lungs feel irritated after I go swimming? Inhaling deeply after I swim causes me cough. It goes away after a day or so. This happens if I swim in a pool or at the lake.
Chlorine: Excessive chlorine in the pool.Get a more detailed answer ›
Fat to Muscle: You may loose some weight but you will primarily turn fat into muscle. This is a healthy thing to do and the number on the scale may be about the same but you will be in better health and that will radiate out to others. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Subscience: Most advice about "what to eat and not to eat" is subscience. I'm a swimmer and looked around online for the origin of this tale -- it turned out to be warning not to be drunk or eat something that will make you pass a lot of intestinal gas or that adds a lot of weight just before a competitive swim meet. The tale about not eating before a recreational swim doesn't seem evidence-based. ...Read more