Transplant: Swimming pool okay?

Posted by hello1234 @hello1234, Aug 26, 2021

Hi all,
I am a one year post kidney transplant patient. Is it safe to swim in a chlorinated public pool? Has anyone done it? …. I am pretty sure the ocean is a no-no.
Many thanks!!

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Not sure anyone knows the definitive answer to this but your transplant team. A quick message on the patient portal might get you the information you need. I know for my situation, I’m strongly cautioned to avoid any non-chlorinated water such as lakes, rivers, ocean, ponds. Sigh…
I’m also cautioned to avoid spas or hot tubs unless I know it’s been well treated and water kept clean in spite of the chlorine. Fortunately for me, I love being around water but not in it. LOL. I do I miss wading through the surf in the gulf though. Your situation might be totally different!

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@loribmt

Not sure anyone knows the definitive answer to this but your transplant team. A quick message on the patient portal might get you the information you need. I know for my situation, I’m strongly cautioned to avoid any non-chlorinated water such as lakes, rivers, ocean, ponds. Sigh…
I’m also cautioned to avoid spas or hot tubs unless I know it’s been well treated and water kept clean in spite of the chlorine. Fortunately for me, I love being around water but not in it. LOL. I do I miss wading through the surf in the gulf though. Your situation might be totally different!

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Thank you @loribmt I always appreciate your very detailed responses! I just sent a message in the portal to my Case Manager to confirm my understanding that a chlorinated pool is the one safe place for me to swim. I live in South Florida and have access to a nice private pool, but this will be my first swim post-transplant…. It always makes me nervous the first time I try anything after the transplant. 🙂

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I had a stem cell transplant 5 years ago. I don’t feel safe swimming in lakes, oceans and rivers, but I can control the chemicals in my own pool and haven’t had any pool related infections so far. I wear long sleeve swimming shirt and long swimming pants to protect my skin from the sun. I always shower after I swim.

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@alive

I had a stem cell transplant 5 years ago. I don’t feel safe swimming in lakes, oceans and rivers, but I can control the chemicals in my own pool and haven’t had any pool related infections so far. I wear long sleeve swimming shirt and long swimming pants to protect my skin from the sun. I always shower after I swim.

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Good morning @alive Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I love your @name…Alive! That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Congratulations on your transplant of 5 years ago. Milestones such as yours gives hope and inspiration for the rest of us newbies. That’s what Connect is all about; Members coming together, sharing their journeys and experiences to encourage, assist and offer hope to other members facing similar situations.

Thank you sharing your experiences of pool swimming. Since I’m not to that point yet, I’ve had no experience to share regarding chlorinated pools. I do know that rivers, lakes, oceans are taboo still. I’m 2 years post transplant so still being cautious.

It’s great to have another SCT member join our ranks. I know there are growing numbers of us out there but few in our discussion group. Would you mind sharing your cancer journey and what led you to getting a transplant?

Here are 3 links to group discussions on SCT/BMT & Graft Vs Host Disease.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-bone-marrow-transplant-bmt-story-will-you-share-yours/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/discussion-thread-for-bmtstc-patients/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chronic-gvhd-lets-talk-about-it/
What were you searching for that brought you to Connect?

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