Magazine 11 May 2024

Can going to the pool promote cystitis? And can bathing make this disease worse?

My dear friend,

it is known, swimming is one of the most complete sports and boasts countless benefits.

But is it true that it can promote cystitis?

In this article we will see how to answer this question and how to prevent this obnoxious infection.

Happy reading! 🌸

Cystitis and swimming pool: everything you need to know to prevent this infection

Let’s go in order: can swimming pool promote cystitis?

If you are fond of swimming, chances are you have wondered if indeed the pool may be the cause of your cystitis.

It is not strange that you asked, precisely because you are in a common space and it is normal to believe that this may contribute to the occurrence of infections.

So, how do things really stand?

First, I would like to reiterate that swimming is an excellent form of exercise particularly suitable for those with bladder problems, as it is gentle on the pelvic floor.

To answer your question, let’s say that at the moment medical channels do not provide much advice on what to do in the pool in case of cystitis, however, the safety of this sport seems guaranteed.

That’s right, swimming would not be a direct cause of cystitis, and now we see why.

In case you already had the infection and started treatment, in principle you could continue swimming, albeit with some precautions (which we will see in a moment 😊).

In addition, the water is generally treated with chemicals to prevent infection.

But if you should have any doubts, my advice is to talk to the pool staff to find out how it is treated.

Finally, it is rare for cystitis to be contracted in a swimming pool: as a rule, the most common cause of direct transmission is sexual intercourse.

Caution though.

Just now I told you about the accouterments to pay attention to, remember?

Here, now let’s see what this is all about.

You should know that the chlorine in pool water can be particularly irritating to the urinary tract, so it is good to make sure you wash properly after swimming.

So taking a shower after a good swim is ideal to prevent unpleasant surprises. πŸ˜‰

But that is not all.

Wherever you swim, keeping a wet, tight-fitting swimsuit on can allow bacteria to breed and travel up the urethra. To remedy this, always dry off once you have finished your swimming session.

Keep in mind that sweaty clothing can also be a breeding ground for germs, which is why it is essential to change immediately after physical activity.

Read also:Β Cystitis: when to worry if symptoms don’t go away

Can washing in the bathtub really make cystitis worse?

We come to today’s second question.

Let’s say that if you suffer from cystitis, it is preferable to opt for a shower rather than a bath because the use of running water does not promote the proliferation of bacteria.

Soaking in the tub with warm water and soap bubbles is certainly a tempting idea that can help you relax, but this will not cure cystitis, quite the contrary. 🫧

In fact, soaking could cause some bacteria to reach your urinary tract, only making the situation worse! 😰

And since we are talking about the bathroom, I would like to open a parenthesis on the whirlpool bath.

Cases where UTIs are caused by jacuzzi are rare: like swimming pools, hot tubs are treated with chemicals to prevent the spread of infections, although sometimes a particular bacterium, known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, may survive there.

How to treat cystitis? Why antibiotics are not always the solution

Now my dear friend we come to the point: how to treat cystitis?

Probably the first answer that will come to your mind is, “With antibiotics, of course, right?”

Here, not exactly.

Let’s say that medication is a great solution, but sometimes it can happen that the bacteria get ‘stronger’ and manage to survive the medication in the subsequent inflammation (if you want to go deeper, I explain in this guide why antibiotics are not always the solution).

That’s why we Dimann girls recommend D-Mannose.

Wait, what? 🧐

D-Mannose is a monosaccharide of plant origin (to obtain the best quality product we prefer that extracted from birch).

This simple sugar respects the bacterial flora and makes sure that you expel the infection bacteria in an all-natural way: while peeing!

Our Dimann-branded products-available both individually and in convenient kits-are suitable for both treatment and prevention, helping you counter common cystitis symptoms such as:

  • A strong and persistent urge to pee;
  • Burning sensation during urination;
  • Cloudy or bloody urine (pink);
  • Frequent emission of small amounts of urine;
  • pelvic pain.

So if you want to know how to solve your cystitis problem, know that I am here to help you and would be happy to hear your story. πŸ₯°

Good luck,

Lorenza

Read also: What’s happening if you experience burning after intercourse without a condom

In this article we talked about…

  • Pooling does not cause infections such as cystitis, but it is always a good idea to make sure the water is properly treated.
  • After your pool session take a good shower and don’t be left with a wet bathing suit.
  • If you have cystitis, it is preferable to take a shower and not a bath, so as to avoid the proliferation of bacteria.

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