DOH warns of skin diseases, sore eyes that could be contracted from public pools

Published April 10, 2019, 3:29 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Analou De Vera 

The Department of Health (DOH) has cautioned the public against skin infections that may be contracted in swimming pools.

Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo advised the public to be vigilant against skin diseases and sore eyes, as families are expected to visit water establishments during this summer season.

“The most common threats in public pools are skin diseases and sore eyes,” said Domingo.

Skin infections can be caused by parasites, bacteria, or germs that may result to pain, swelling and other discomfort in the skin.

Sore eyes, on the other hand, is a viral infection that “causes redness and inflammation of the membranes covering the whites of the eyes and the inner parts of the eyelids.”

Domingo also urged the management of public pools to be vigilant on individuals who have symptoms of skin diseases.
“Be on guard against those with such diseases. If one shows skin infections or with red eyes, don’t let them swim anymore,” said the health official.

“Once the bacteria is there (pool), infection can spread easily and an epidemic is a real possibility in the area,” he added.