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Survey reveals 1 In 5 Adults Urinates In Swimming Pools

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Many public pools are infested with germs and can pose a major health risk if not treated properly.

Before you head to the pool, find out what could be lurking in the water and make precautions to protect yourself.

Though this may seem like a habit most people would outgrow after childhood — many adults admit to relieving themselves while swimming.

According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Water Quality & Health Council, one in five U.S. adults urinates in the pool.

Though it is commonly believed that red eyes while swimming is caused by too much chlorine in the pool, health officials reveal, that’s not the case.

Red eyes and an irritated nose or throat after spending time in a pool is a direct result of bodily fluids in the water — including urine, saliva, feces, and sweat.

According to the 2012 report from Water Quality and Health Council, nearly 70 percent of people do not shower before taking a swim in the pool and this adds to the number of germs in the water.

“Swimming is not a substitute for bathing. Too many people unknowingly treat the pool as a communal bathtub,” Wiant said in the release. “It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s important to shower before you jump into the pool to help keep swimming healthy for everyone in the pool, he added.

So you should know what you are diving into anytime you want to go swimming.

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