Shamrock,Thanks for posting so many interesting questions!Swimming is a great form of exercise for most people. Holding your breath for short periods of time is required when one swims. However, purposefully holding your breath for minutes at a time may not be in your best interest. Swimming at a moderate intensity for more than 10-15 minutes is predominantly an aerobic activity (requiring steady flow of oxygen to the metabolically active tissues). Shamrock, try to take regular breathes when you swim. This will undoubtedly cut down on your chance of blacking out and causing an emergency situation at the pool. Keep on swimming!Best,Dr. Lee
Oliver,This is shamrock. They say pseudemonas is everywhere but only in tiny amounts. Its not unsafe to swim in a pool due to pseudemonas. Of course the choice is yours, but in my opinion, if I went around avoiding vegetables and swimming pools and everything else that had pseudemonas I don't think I'd have a life!
Hi,no, "others" is to be read for staph and other baterias not suitable for CF people.for sure pseudomonas can be contracted everywhere, and the swimming pool environnement is not recommended on a pseudomonas point of view. That's what is said and recommended over here.Please note I have posted "what is not very recommended here is the swimming pool itself" and not something like "you should not blablabla" ;-) , I am also not meaning it's not good to swim. I know a 24-year-old-CFer going to the swimming pool twice a week...At the opposite, I know a mom with a 2-year-old-CF, 1st time at the swimming pool, first 3 week IV cure because of pseudomonas captured there.as you say, that's everybody's choice (also, you are a pretty old CFer, but I am the daddy of a very young CFer, so we surely have different opinions), but let's try to preserve our kids from pseudomonas as long as possible, not preventing them from moving and having fun Take care.
Hi , my experience has been that as a child I was very active and very healthy I went swimming three times a week and did gymnastics once a week for years, I didn't get pseudomonas until I was 23 and I spent a lot of time in swimming pools I feel that I caught it in hospital - just my opinion, I try to swim now about once a week but am loosing the battle to chronic laziness!Roo 27 cf/cepacia
ARe indoor heated pools (or for that matter, even outdoor heated pools) worse for growing pseudomonas and other bacteria than say an outdoor unheated pool? What about if you own your own pool? Any extra precautions?? If you keep it very clean and well chlorinated does that help inhibit the growth of bacteria?? We have a hot tub and our ds does get in it occasionally. However, we cleaned it really well with lysol when we first bought it (the type that says it works agains pseudo, cepacia, etc.) and keep the chemical levels adjusted just right plus use an ozonator in addition to the bromine. And, we don't allow anyone in it when they're sick and for that matter, allow VERY few people in it other than our immediate family. Is it still dangerous for ds to be in?? If so, is there anything we can do to make it safer or do we just need to stop allowing him in it? He loves it. By the way, he's 6 and relatively healthy lung-wise. His main problem is the sinuses. Thanks.A concerned Mom
My grandparents and now my family (because we moved into my grandmother's house) have had an indoor inground heated pool and hot-tub for as long as I can remember. Even when it was just my grandparents' house, I swam in that pool about once a week when I was growing up. They never took any different cleaning precautions than whatever is "regular." I didn't culture pseudomonas regularly until I was 17. So I don't know if indoor heated pools tend to grow it more, but I didn't experience a problem with it.
I used to be in swimming classes and competitive diving from ages 5-14. I was in the pool at least 5 times a week...it was an excellent form of exercise. Now I find I can barely go swimming, I find it hard to breathe and almost a sufficating feeling while in the water. I wish I never stopped then maybe I'd be able to swim as much as I used too.
I try and stay away from public pools that have a lot of young children or generally a high volume of people swimming there, because I seem to have a tendency to pick up sinus infections. However, I seem to be fine when I swim in the pool at our units (which is regularly cleaned with access to quite few people) or at friends' pools <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">
I swim for exercise in bursts of a couple of weeks when my lungs feel a bit tight. After the first week or so, I feel heaps more vibrant and can breathe deeper. In the ocean is a bit different because I am always worried about large man eating fish!