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I went swimming in a lake yesterday and just today I started getting ronchas (aka itchyness) wat do I do?

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

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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?

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?

I do not recommend: Most of the time these pd caths leak, the fluid is two way street, since this goes to you peritoneal cavity you might have infection from the swiming water. There are very thin plastic dressing but that might not hold. ...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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Why do people exhale before surface diving into a lake or swimming pool?

Why do people exhale before surface diving into a lake or swimming pool?

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

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Why do you exhale before you do a surface dive in a lake or a swimming pool?

Why do you exhale before you do a surface dive in a lake or a swimming pool?

Exhaling?: I am not familiar with this. However, hyperventilation is sometimes done to extend underwater breath hold time. It can cause "Shallow water blackout" (loss of consciousness). Hyperventilation & subsequent underwater blackouts may lead to death. ...Read more

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Can I go swimming at a lake 2 days after my nexplanon was inserted?

Can I go swimming at a lake 2 days after my nexplanon was inserted?

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

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Can I go swimming in the lake after loosing my mucus plug this morning?

Can I go swimming in the lake after loosing my mucus plug this morning?

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

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Is it safe to go skinny dipping in the lake? Can you get sick from swimming naked?

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

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I was swimming in lake manitoba and accidentally inhaled a lot of water fur to very high waves. Should I be concerned?

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

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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?

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?

Simple Rx: This is probably cholinergic urticaria. It requires no treatment unless it really bothers you. Antihistamines, propranolol, danazol, or topical benzoyl scopolamine have all been reported to help some people. ...Read more

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If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

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

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My child went swimming in a lake while wearing loose goggles. Now he has red circles around his eyes. What would cause that?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Is it okay to blow bubbles OUT of nose under water when swimming in fresh water lake? Concerned about N Floweri. Thank you!

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

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Is it safe to go swimming in either lakes or pools if I've had recurrent yeast and bacterial infections for the past year?

Is it safe to go swimming in either lakes or pools if I've had recurrent yeast and bacterial infections for the past year?

?: It is unlikely that you will get a yeast infection from swimming. Depending on the hygienic conditions of the pool or lake, you may get certain kinds of bacterial infection usually affected the skin. ...Read more

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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)

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)

TMJ disorder: TMJ disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. The common symptom are: headache, jaw pain, neck pain and earache. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See an orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What's wrong if I got a sore throat after swimming in a lake?

What's wrong if I got a sore throat after swimming in a lake?

See below: Hard to say. Could be coincidental, but there are many other possibilities. If concerned, see you doc. ...Read more

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Can I loose wait from swimming?

Can I loose wait from swimming?

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

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Can I go swimming when I catch cold?

Can I go swimming when I catch cold?

Depends: Although you have a cold, it should not necessarily stop you from swimming. Are you real fatigued? That might be more of a problem than congestion etc. ...Read more

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Does swimming help a person get taller?

Does swimming help a person get taller?

No: There is no exercise, yoga, diet or med that makes you taller than your genetic potential. Once your growth centers close (16-17 in women) you cannot grow taller. ...Read more

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Is swimming in a pool every day dangerous?

No: There is no convincing evidence to show that swimming every day is dangerous or hazardous to your health. ...Read more

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What are the five foods not to eat before swimming?

What are the five foods not to eat before swimming?

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