• Is swimming in salt-water pool ok during radiation?

    Asked by Paprika on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Is swimming in salt-water pool ok during radiation?

    I am starting radiation soon and was heart-broken to hear that swimming is not recommended. Hey, swimming got me through 6 months of chemo! Docs said that the chorine is too drying on the tender skin, but I swim in a salt-water pool, which is not drying. It is a public pool, so can't be 100% sure of not picking up an infection. But I am wondering if anyone else had 6 weeks of radiation and continued to swim in a salt-water pool and had any problems. Comments?

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    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      Hmmm, don't know about a salt-water pool. I know if my WBC's are too low I will definitely stay away from yucky public pools or rivers, lakes and oceans just to avoid risk of injury or infection.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      Definitely ask your radiation doctor. He would give you the best answer based on your radiation treatments. Sending hugs and well wishes your way.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I would also check with whomever runs the pool. Just because they add salt doesn't mean that they don't also add chlorine. In most places it is a legal requirement to use chlorine for health reasons. I think in any case, soaking your skin in water of any kind may be a problem. Most radiologist use markers and tape to identify the field(s) or irradiation. Extending immersion in water such as swimming or soaking in a tub can interfere with that and make if difficult to ensure that your radiation treatments are being aimed correctly.

      over 4 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      Everyone has posed great questions to follow up on. I was able to swim for the first couple of weeks in a chlorine pool but then my skin got too irritated to be in the water. I was tattooed so I didn't have to worry about the markers coming off. I would definitely follow up with the pool manager and your oncologist.

      over 4 years ago

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