Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What are the most common sources for recreational water illnesses?

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing mists of or having contact with contaminated water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

The most common sources for coming in contact with water that can cause RWIs, according to the CDC, include:

  • Fountains
  • Hot tubs
  • Lakes
  • Oceans
  • Rivers
  • Swimming pools
  • Water parks
  • Water play areas

Contamination in these water sources can cause a variety of infections including ear, eye, gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin and wound infections, according to the CDC.

Some illnesses and infections RWIs commonly cause, according to the CDC, include:

  • Chemical irritation
  • Crypto
  • Giardia
  • Hot tub rash
  • Legionella
  • Swimmer’s ear

Just one person who is sick with an illness that causes diarrhea getting in a pool can contaminate the water with millions of germs, and it can lead to a number of these and other issues, according to the CDC.

For more information about sources of RWIs, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group