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Can I swim in a chlorine pool with venous stasis ulcer?

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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Open wounds in a public swimming pool is discouraged for public health reasons.
If it is your pool, then subjecting the ulcer to chlorine should not influence the healing process.

In brief: No

Open wounds in a public swimming pool is discouraged for public health reasons.
If it is your pool, then subjecting the ulcer to chlorine should not influence the healing process.
Dr. James Isobe
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. Daniel McGee
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Best to avoid

There are many different stages of severity for venous stasis ulcers and many differences in the amount of chlorine and potential bacteria & contaminants in a pool.
Swimming is generally a good thing but i don't recommend taking a dip until a dr sees you who can evaluate your specific case and condition. Better to avoid for now also to prevent contaminating the pool if the wound is draining.

In brief: Best to avoid

There are many different stages of severity for venous stasis ulcers and many differences in the amount of chlorine and potential bacteria & contaminants in a pool.
Swimming is generally a good thing but i don't recommend taking a dip until a dr sees you who can evaluate your specific case and condition. Better to avoid for now also to prevent contaminating the pool if the wound is draining.
Dr. Daniel McGee
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Swimming

No it is not safe for you nor, if this is a public pool, safe for anyone else.
In addition, with most scenarios that i can think of, y discuss this issue with your wound specialist or podiatrist.

In brief: Swimming

No it is not safe for you nor, if this is a public pool, safe for anyone else.
In addition, with most scenarios that i can think of, y discuss this issue with your wound specialist or podiatrist.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

You should not get that ulcer wet , also there may be some blood at the base of the ulcer and that is hazardous to other people using the same pool.

In brief: No

You should not get that ulcer wet , also there may be some blood at the base of the ulcer and that is hazardous to other people using the same pool.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Would advise against

The biggest concern I have about swimming in chlorinated water if you have an ulcer is that chlorine is very drying.
Drying out the would can actually cause more damage to the tissue and slow down the healing process. It can actually make your ulcer enlarge. Even if you try to cover and seal it, you probably aren't going to be able to keep the chlorine water out.

In brief: Would advise against

The biggest concern I have about swimming in chlorinated water if you have an ulcer is that chlorine is very drying.
Drying out the would can actually cause more damage to the tissue and slow down the healing process. It can actually make your ulcer enlarge. Even if you try to cover and seal it, you probably aren't going to be able to keep the chlorine water out.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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