Doctors warn of water-borne illnesses

Updated: Jul. 10, 2017 at 11:16 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The summer season brings its own crop of sicknesses. Water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections, and rashes are on the rise this time of year.

It's important to take all proper precautions before you take a dip in the pool or heading to the beach this summer.  Whether it's pool water or lakes, rivers, or the Gulf, recreational water-borne illnesses can affect you from your head to your toes.

"The impact during the summer are on healthcare with these illnesses is huge," Dr. Syed Shah said. "These include diarrheal diseases, skin rashes, and ear infections,"

The most common ear infection is Swimmer's Ear which is when bacteria starts growing in the ear canal. Shah said Swimmer's Ear usually happens when the water goes into your ear canal and stays there.

Shah says you can still enjoy water recreationally, but be cautious about getting water in your mouth, in an open wound, or in your eyes and ears. Shah says you should use ear plugs, shake the water out of the ear, or even use a hair dryer.

If somebody has signs of infection, pain, swelling, redness to the ear canal, it's better to see a healthcare provider.

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