For those who want to live the summer season to the fullest and crown it with a holiday, we have brought together some suggestions in order not to spend your long-planned holiday with illness and to enjoy it to the fullest. From the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of Memorial Antalya Hospital, Uz. Dr. Şirin Elmi made suggestions on ways to avoid infection risks during the summer vacation. You need to pay attention to whether the sea you will enter is foamy or not, to your swimsuit after the sea. He listed 7 important rules that you should pay attention to not to be sick during the summer holidays! Here are the things to consider when going on summer holidays!
Do not enter if the sea is foamy!
There is a danger of many diseases in stagnant pools that are not cleaned well and do not have much circulation. Genital yeast infections, diarrhea, urinary tract infection, hepatitis A, eye, ear and skin infections are diseases caused by pool water. Since sea water is salty, it is more difficult for disease-causing microorganisms to survive. However, stagnant, polluted and foamy seas also carry the risk of infection, just like pools.
Attention to Wet Swimwear After the Sea or Pool!
The most important cause of genital fungi is humidity and wetness. These diseases are transmitted much more easily in communal areas that are not cleaned well. Not spending time in a wet swimsuit after getting out of the water, taking a shower after the pool and drying it well, and sunbathing by changing the swimsuit in the same way will reduce the risk of infection.
Beware of Crowded Pools!
Hepatitis A, many diarrheal and intestinal parasite agents are transmitted orally. By swallowing contaminated pool and sea water, microbes reach the digestive system and diseases occur. This risk is very high, especially in pools that exceed their capacity and in children’s pools.
Beware of the towel you use for drying!
Beaches are not clean environments because they are common areas like the sea and especially the pool. Drying with a towel laid on the sand increases the risk of contact with infectious agents. For this reason, care should be taken to ensure that the towel used for drying is separate from the towel laid on the sun lounger or on the sand.
Stay Away From Cushionless Sunbeds!
Attention should be paid to the cleanliness of the pool area, showers, changing cabins and sun loungers in order not to get infected during the holiday. These areas should be cleaned at least once a day. Since the sun loungers are in the common area, direct contact should be avoided. A cover or towel should be placed on it, and the face and body should not be dried with the towels used for sunbeds.
Attention to Fungi and Infection Environments!
In addition to diseases that can be transmitted from pools, environments such as saunas and Turkish baths, if not cleaned and maintained under appropriate conditions, pave the way for infections such as fungi. For this, it is necessary to pay attention to the use of personal materials such as towels and slippers. The danger of influenza continues in the summer. Especially children, the elderly and pregnant women are at greater risk due to the effect of different climates, crowds, beaches and air conditioners. The viruses that cause this are not different from the flu viruses seen in winter. In this case, plenty of fluid consumption and bed rest are very important.
Don’t Forget What You Eat!
Attention should be paid to the food served in open buffets in full board or all inclusive hotels. Bacteria multiplying with the effect of heat can cause food poisoning and diarrhea, especially in milk, cream, mayonnaise and meat foods that are left open for a long time. Attention should also be paid to water consumption. Water bottles with closed caps should be used. It should be ensured that the ice in the drinks is also prepared from clean water.