Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A new study finds public pools aren’t just for splashing and swimming. More people are using pools as bathrooms.
A recent survey conducted by the Water Quality and Health Council found one in five Americans confessed to going to the bathroom in pools. In addition, seven in 10 admitted to skipping a shower before jumping in the water.
Dr. Chris Wiant, Water Quality and Health Council chair, said swimming is not a substitute for bathing.
“Too many people unknowingly treat the pool as a communal bathtub,” Wiant said.
The Huffington Post reports sweat, cosmetics, sunscreen, perfume, hair products, bug spray and other dirt can mix with chlorine to create irritants that can cause skin rashes and red eyes.
Experts say chlorine does not kill all germs, including Cryptosporidium, which is responsible for half of all gastroenteritis outbreaks.