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* Malassezia ~ To and From the Pool *
K1: * malassezia furfur infection
can you swim in a pool with this infections *
I hope the Reader
Has not been standing on the Podium in their Swimsuit
while waiting for the answer to their question
I was a Pool Swimmer for over 12 years soaking in Chlorinated water
for a full hour every single morning of the week – including weekends
at a brutal 5.30’ am each morning.
It was not long before chlorine was the prominent smell on my Body
never able to wash it off despite long hot scrub showers afterwards.
Chlorine weakened the Strength and the Colour of All types of hair
on my Body, such as Eyebrows, Underarms and Legs.
Wearing two Swimming Caps i.e one Lycra plus one Silicone
helped protect my Scalp Hair from equal damage
but Never did anything to Malassezia.
During those times its worse manifestation
was on several of my Toes throughout the Entire Decade
resulting in losing the left Big Toe Nail several times
and getting so swollen and painful that often i could not walk
and would hobble my way to the pool.
Walking in Seawater much later on, brought tremendous relief
and eventual healing until i could not do that anymore
and so trialled first the YAM and eventually only Acidophilus Mix.
I remember Three Consistent Characteristic Elements
i had noticed on other Swimmers throughout my Pool years
which today i can recognise as signs of Malassezia presence:
1-) The Strong Grayish Orange Colour of the Pool Scum
accumulated at the edge of the water
which always had me wondering whether the Chlorine
was actually doing anything to it
as it never seemed to clean or dissolve
and what would it mean for our Bodies?….
2-) Many of the Elderly people – and often some young ones
when they were in the water were giving off
a strong Ashy smell which i secretly called
‘The smell of Death’
because my head was telling me
it was the smell of their dead cells…
I was not too wrong…
Later on i smelled it on my Body, especially in the initial stages
of its outbreak, when my scalp was infected heavily
and was losing my hair fast.
3-) Many Swimmers, from very young to very old seemed to have
all sorts of strange Bumps or Sores on their Bodies
hard to tell whether they were Acne, Mosquito Bites, Eczema,
Skin Ulcers, Burns, Allergies or Accidental Cuts, etc
until i had started recognising some of them
looking very similar to mine
but i still did not know at the time what mine were
and often wondering whether we were getting something
from the built up of Orange Scum – or the Pool Showers.
I can see Now how Long term Skin Exposure to Chlorine
may have caused Skin Flora Imbalance
thus encouraging Malassezia growth on some swimmers skins.
Chronic exposure to Chlorine does not appear to have any detrimental
effect on Malassezia, it barrows under the skin deep into the hair follicles
and waits until it is all over, or retreats into the Internal areas
such as Genitals and Anal Canal.
One may ask
‘Can People Infect the Pool?’
‘Can People get Infected in the Pool?’
I have no scientific back up for this answer
since Malassezia being a part of Natural Body Flora
would not be looked for – or considered as a Pool infecting threat
and Pools are usually tested for other known Pathogenic nasties.
My Personal assessment, based on the above observations
is Yes to Both questions
and the Orange Scam is a supporting indication.
The effect though on each Individual, would depend
on the General state of Immunity and Other Contributing factors
And answering the original Question
*can you swim in a pool with this infections*
Based on all said above
Yes, you Can and it is Really a matter of Personal Choice
such as if there is a Good Reason like Health, Exercise, etc
as swimming is one of the Best ways for that purpose
but may not be Beneficial for the Skin in the Long Term
or if Malassezia is already causing too much trouble
one may have to assess Necessity of Swim
i.e whether just a Little Splash for Pleasure
or a Health and Fitness Exercise
against the extend and severity of Malassezia trouble.
I know if i could i would have continued swimming
regardless Malassezia considerations.
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