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Can I swim in a public pool when I have a viral skin infection?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some viral skin infections, such as molluscum contagiosum, may or may not be killed by the chlorine in public pool water. This is in part because the chlorine levels on a given day may not be adequate to kill all germs. Some germs, as well, take longer for chlorine to kill, and they may infect someone before they are killed. Your local pool may or may not have rules about swimming when you have a communicable infection, and you should follow those rules.

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