1 In 5 Adults Urinates In Swimming Pools

Thinking about taking a dip in a public pool to cool off, well think again. Many public pools are crawling with germs -- and, if not treated properly, can pose a major health risk.

Before heading to the pool at any time, find out what could be lurking in the water -- and learn how to protect yourself and your family.

Though it may seem like a habit most people would grow out of after childhood -- or preferably, never pick up in the first place -- many adults admit to relieving themselves while swimming.

In fact, a 2012 survey conducted by the Water Quality & Health Council found that one in five U.S. adults urinates in the pool.

There's more.

Though it's a commonly held belief that red eyes while swimming means there's too much chlorine in the pool, that's not the case, health officials say.

It turns out, 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, feces, and sweat.

The 2012 report from Water Quality and Health Council also found that nearly 70 percent of people do not shower before taking a swim in the pool -- adding 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.

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

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor

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