‘Peeing’ in Pool May Cause Health Risks

peeing in poolPeeing in pool has shown to be hazardous to health, and while it may not cause the swimmers to go to the emergency room, it is not comfortable and more than anything disgusting. A new research says that peeing in pool may cause health risks such as itchy eyes, respiratory problems, and inflammation for those who have asthma, Environmental Health News says.

A recent experiment from the China Agricultural University and Purdue University showed that when the urine (the uric acid) is combined with chlorine a byproduct is created called cyanogen chloride. Cyanogen chloride is harmful for the lungs, heart, and the central nervous system via inhalation.

Even though summer is not here yet in the northern hemisphere, it will come fast. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that it is good practice and good hygiene habits for people to shower before swimming, to use the bathroom instead of the pool for toilet breaks, and not to swim if one has diarrhea. In order to prevent diseases and illnesses, pool water should never be swallowed, even if it’s only a small amount.

Healthline News says that a small amount of uric acid is also extracted through the sweat, but ninety percent of its quantities come from urine. They add that it is a schedule 3 controlled substance by the U.S. Chemical Weapons Convention due to the potential in being used in chemical warfare. Cyanogen chloride is a toxic substance, easy to deliver and penetrate gas masks.

Sometimes, an indoor swimming pool will possess a potent chemical smell. This can cause swimmers to cough or have red,  stinging eyes when they exit the pool.  These symptoms are usually just passed off as normal effects of chlorine but the cause is something more organic.

Linda Golonder, Vice Chairwoman of the Water Quality and Health Control, said  no matter how discrete the act may be, the pool is still contaminated. Some people end up with diarrhea due to spreading a parasite called Cryptosporidium, found in public pools.

According to CNN, statistics say in 2007, the Crypto parasite has sickened 1,200 people in recreational facilities in Utah. From 2005 to 2006, the CDC reported there were 78 recreational facilities such as swimming pools, water parks, rivers, and oceans that sickened 4,412 people, hospitalized 116 and ended with 5 deaths.

This does not mean that anyone should stop swimming. NHS Choices says that swimming is a great form of exercise when the lifeguards are hanging out. It helps with losing weight and exercises the whole body.

Even though peeing in pool may be the primary health risk, people still continue to do it every day at public pools. In a survey conducted in 2009 for  CNN, out of 1,000 adults, 17 percent confessed that they were relieving themselves in the swimming pools. Even Michael Phelps confessed in an interview in 2008 that he was doing it too, thinking that the chlorine will kill the bacteria in the uric acid. However, researchers have already proved that peeing in pool may cause health risks and it is toxic.

By Marija Makeska


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