Swimming pools are a great place to visit with the family, take a quick dip in, or simply to sit back and relax by, they can however also be a dangerous place to retract a fungal infection. Although chlorine is known as a disinfectant in pools and jacuzzis, there are still some fungi that cannot be killed with the chemicals in chlorine or bleach.

Chlorine is able to kill things such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses, but for one reason or another it cannot kill fungi that cause infections on the skin and nails. These type of fungi thrive mostly on the outskirts of the pool and jacuzzi, but also in it. This is more prevalent in public pools as it is shared with many other guests who could have the infection themselves who would otherwise transfer their onto the surfaces and into the water. Simply walking around the pool barefoot could help you retract a nail fungus, athletes foot, or even ringworm. So you are now probably thinking there is clearly nothing you can do to prevent this problem unless you avoid pools and jacuzzis all together but there are still ways to prevent obtaining this infection.

It takes a few basic rules to follow if you would like to prevent a fungal infection. First and foremost, you should avoid walking barefoot around the pool areas so wearing flip flops or sandals is important. Since fungi thrive off of warm and moist surfaces, the pool surroundings are where you can expect them to be hiding. Make sure to shower before and after entering pools, there is a reason why most public swimming places have signs stating that. Refrain from entering a pool if you have a severely fungal nail or athlete’s foot, also if you are experiencing diarrhea you should avoid getting in chlorinated water, as it’ll spread the bacteria into the water and the chlorine chemicals will worsen your case. Lastly, sure to never swallow the water in these pools, for obvious reasons.

Pools and jacuzzis can carry many diseases and bacteria. With that said, you can make sure to avoid being infected by following a few simple steps to practice good hygiene.