Pool myths: What you need to know about athlete’s foot, contact lenses, and the like

Bathing season 2022: Pool myths cleared up: What you need to know about athlete’s foot, contact lenses, and the like

There is a ritual of bathing slowly in Germany. To make visiting swimming pools and quarry ponds enjoyable, we have listed some myths for you and explain how true they are.

Well, have you taken your swimsuit or bikini out of the closet yet? Bathing season begins slowly in outdoor pools, lakes and coastlines. But there are a few things to consider if you want to spend a day in the water safely and relaxed.

Why never go to the water on a full stomach?

So as not to overload the circuit. When we get into water heated by the sun, it puts a lot of pressure on the circulation, says internist Matthias Riedel.

Because the cold water causes the blood vessels in the skin to constrict, the blood moves more forcefully through the body and into the general circulation. “So there is a sudden redistribution,” says Riedel, who belongs to the Federal Association of German Dietitians (BDEM) in Essen.

If there is also still a lot of blood in the abdomen due to the processing of the meal, this redistribution is stronger. In the worst cases, this leads to a breakdown of blood circulation.

How do I get up from speed on the water slide?

“The three-point technique, where you lie on your back, is proven,” says Karsten Buchen, chairman of German Rennrutsch Verband (DRV) in Dissen (Lower Saxony). But only three parts of the body touch the slide, so you can actually pick up speed due to the low friction.

The feet are crossed so that one heel touches the surface of the slider. The shoulder blades make up the other two points of contact. Bottom is paid. Nothing works without the body’s tension, says Buchen. “You put your arms above your head. Some also like to put their hands behind their necks because that gives them more control over corners.”

Swimwear also affects the gliding speed. Tight swim shorts are better than boxer shorts. By the way: There is a tip that you should pull the swim trunks into the crevice of the buttocks to reduce friction. “But that is nonsense,” the slip expert judged.

Should I be afraid of fish or reptiles in the lake?

“You usually don’t have to worry in local bathing waters,” says Alexander Pavrath of the Presidium of the German Life Saving Society (DLRG). However, before swimming in the lake, be aware that you can bump into aquatic plants or animals with your foot or stomach. “Because frantic, uncontrolled reactions to panic are the real danger,” says Pavrath.

So if you’re mentally prepared, you tend to stay calm – and if worse is worse, it’s best to turn your back to swim over water plants, for example.

Go swimming with contact lenses – yes or no?

Prof. Björn Bachmann, Senior Physician at the Center for Ophthalmology at the University of Cologne, says: “It’s better if this is not possible. But of course it is not really possible if you have a certain prescription of glasses.” Then you should wear swimming goggles in order to keep your head above the water.

The reason: germs can be found in bathing water, for example chokempa. These are parasites that get into the cornea through small injuries and cause painful and long-lasting inflammation. Those who wear contact lenses are especially at risk. This is because the cornea receives less oxygen and is more susceptible to injuries and infections.

How do I avoid tinea pedis?

It doesn’t matter if it’s on the beach, in the outdoor pool, or on the lake: says Martina Schmidt, vice president of the German Podiatric Association.

Therefore, it is better to slip in slippers. W: After you shower, you should take the time to dry the spaces between your toes well. Because dermatophytes find good living conditions in these warm, moist areas, according to a podiatrist.