Seriously. Don't Pee In The Pool

Posted: Aug 22 2016, 10:27am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Seriously. Don't Pee in the Pool
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We all know that peeing in the pool is gross, but if we are all also being honest, we have all done it at some point. As long as no one feels the warmth around you, or sees it for whatever reason, it is pretty harmless. Still, it turns out that even if you aren't caught, you are doing everyone a disservice.

The latest episode in American Chemical Society's Reactions series explains that urine in the pool, when it is combined with all of the other grossness and dirt that we have on our bodies, can do some pretty nasty things to our health - including respiratory issues, asthma, and red, stinging eyes.

The uncomfortable reality is that scientists have shown that for every person swimming in a public pool, there will be 30 to 80 mL of urine. To keep water free of pathogens to make you sick, owners will add disinfectants into the water, like chlorine. This chemical will also ward off bugs and algae from growing in the pool.

While this is good for keeping the levels low, it reacts to pretty much everything else on the human body, including urine, sweat, lotion, and dirt. When these interact with the pool disinfectants, it creates something called disinfection byproducts or DBPs, which have been linked to other health effects.

Not only will you get the red stinging eyes that are so typical of swimmers, but you could have trouble breathing. Showering might reduce the problem, but the Reactions video explains that as many as half of the DBPs in a pool are caused by urine - so we really need to stop peeing in the pool.

Check out the video below to see what other problems come from DBP and chlorine.

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