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Can anything survive in a chlorinated pool?

Giovanni Maga maga at vetbio.unizh.ch
Tue Sep 24 14:00:34 EST 1996

In article <51jpc7$dmk at net.bio.net>, scanner at dial.pipex.com (Peter) wrote:

> Hello,
> Our 3yr old boy has had 3 lots of tonsillitis, all within a 2 month
> period.
> As antibiotics appear to have worked each time within 5 days or so,
> the cause would appear to be a bacterium rather than a virus.
> We have a domestic swimming pool, correctly chlorinated, temp about
> 27-28C, and each illness started within 1-2 days of him having a
> splash in the pool.

Well, IMO was actually a bacterial infection. The correlation with the
swimming pool could simply be that your child is particularly sensitive to
warm-cold stress (like getting wet, than going outside the pool etc.). The
localization of the infection is also fairly common for children. If your
child will get ill again, ask your physician to get a sample of the mucosa
of tonsils (it'a a very simple procedure) and give it to a lab for
identification of the infectious agent and of the most effective
antibiotic therapy. If recurrencies happen often, at age of 5 or so I
would ask your physician about the opportunity to surgically remove the
tonsils from your child (which is again a simple and safe operation). That
should solve the problem. But in all istances, ask your physician first
for any advice. If you are not satisified, go and visit a specialist.

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