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What Are the Common Types of Recreational Water Illnesses?

Recreational water illnesses, or RWIs, are a common risk when enjoying water activities such as swimming, boating, or enjoying time in a water park.

These illnesses are caused by germs or chemicals in the water. Natural water sources such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and the ocean generally cause illnesses due to germs and bacteria occurring in the water. Man-made sources such as pools, water-parks, and spas can contain germs, but they can also contain chemicals that can lead to irritation and illness. These illnesses occur when the water is swallowed, breathed in, or comes in contact with the mucous membranes or an open wound.


Home Health Care in Saint Clair MI: Recreational Water Illnesses

Being able to recognize when your aging parent might be suffering a recreational water illness is an important step in getting them the care they need to overcome the illness and avoid more serious complications.


There are several illnesses and symptoms that can result from RWIs. These include:



-Ear infections

-Eye infections

-Respiratory infections

-Irritation of the lungs and eyes caused by chemicals


If your aging parent has recently been swimming, or otherwise come in contact with water, and begins to develop these symptoms, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor.

Mention to them that your parent has been swimming or near water, and give them as much information about the water, and the timing of the recreation as possible. Keep in mind, not all illnesses and infections that arise after exposure to water are considered recreational water illnesses. Certain infections and issues including head lice, MRSA, and ringworm, are unlikely to transfer through contact with water.

Starting senior care can be one of the best decisions you make for your aging parent ordering your experience as their family caregiver. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is right not only for your parent’s individual care needs but also the level of care you regularly give them. This means that together you can personalize a caring approach to ensure your parent gets the care, support, and assistance that they need while also helping them to maintain greater independence and activity during their later years. This care also offers you more flexibility and freedom, easing your stress and allowing you to focus energy and resources on all responsibilities and needs in your life in the most effective and beneficial ways.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Saint Clair, MI, please contact the caring staff at Crystal Cares Home Care today. Call  (810) 882-9915.


Crystal Laeder, RN, Owner