Bacteria Obtained from Community Pools

Stetsonhills7615If you find yourself feeling sick after swimming, it may be from the pool water. Read on for some dangers of swimming in a community pool. Dr. Gary Moore, the best dentist in Colorado Springs, and his staff at Stetson Hills Dental, want you to know what to look out for, so you can get help right away if you have been swimming recently and feel sick.

  1. coli

Escherichia coli can be a very dangerous organism that people can ingest by drinking contaminated water or from swimming in a contaminated pool.

  • coli makes a toxin that damages the lining of the intestines, which can cause symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea to diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition that can cause acute renal failure. This is especially a concern in young children who have been exposed to E. coli.


This disease occurs in people who work in sewers, on agricultural or fish farms, or at dairies. However, people who swim in rivers, streams, canals and lakes, or other infected water are at risk. It is caused by the urine of wild or domestic animals. Symptoms of leptospirosis are chills, fever, jaundice and rash.


This is a bacterial disease caused by Shingella species. It may be transmitted directly or indirectly via the fecal-oral route and can be acquired by swimming in contaminated pools or other water. It causes diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and fever.

Hepatitis A

Although hepatitis A is usually associated with raw sewage, it can be spread in a recreational swimming environment by inadequate sanitation and fecal contamination. Hepatitis A is caused by a virus, so it doesn’t respond to antibiotics. Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, a low-grade fever, and abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the right side beneath the lower ribs.

Avoiding contamination

As important as knowing symptoms of sickness you can get from a swimming pool is knowing what you can do to avoid getting sick, and what you can do to avoid spreading these types of bacteria and viruses.

  1. Shower before you enter the pool
  2. If you or your child has diarrhea, don’t swim. Even if your child is wearing a swim diaper, this won’t prevent the spread of bacteria or viruses from diarrhea.
  3. Avoid drinking pool water or getting it in your mouth
  4. Don’t change your child’s diapers by the pool
  5. Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or changing a diaper
  6. If it is your pool at home, make sure that pool chlorination levels are adequate

Staying safe during summer fun is very important! And so is taking good care of your oral health.

While you are having your summer fun, don’t forget to take good care of your teeth. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and make sure to see Dr. Gary Moore, the best dentist in Colorado Springs, and his staff at Stetson Hills Dental, twice a year!

Call (719) 838-5013 to make an appointment at Dr. Moore’s Colorado Springs dental offices today!

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