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Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: cleaning swimming pools | swimming pools and bacteria | protection from germy pools | Dr. Oz

Your Swimming Pool Can Make You Sick

Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:05 AM EDT

When it comes to sanitation, most of us can't count on a Bill Murray-type maintenance fella who's eager to chow down a Baby Ruth bar that found its way into the swimming pool, a la "Caddyshack." But even if we could, there might be a few things at the bottom of the pool even he wouldn't be willing to scoop up.

So here are a few tips on how to be a good pool neighbor and how to protect yourself and your kids from those who aren't so considerate. Remember, children can still get sick from swimming in a pool that's been well-chlorinated.

• Everybody rinse off before jumping in! A quick shower before swimming means less work for the disinfectants.

• If you or your child has diarrhea, you could make others sick. Don't go in the water! No changing diapers by the pool! And wash off those baby butts with hand sanitizer before putting them in the pool, even if they aren't sick.

• Make sure bigger kids take bathroom breaks if they're drinking lots of fluids — which they should be — on hot summer days. Every 30 minutes, drink and go. (Tell them it is true that a dye in the pool water turns purple if they pee in it.)

• Lastly, don't swallow the water. You never really know what's in the pool, but your immune system stands a much better chance of defending its castle if the bad guys are kept outside.

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

© HealthDay

Keep your swimming pool from making you and your neighbors sick by making sure swimmers take showers before taking the plunge and no one with diarrhea goes in.
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Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:05 AM
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