Pseudomonas Dermatitis: Overview

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
Pseudomonas dermatitis is an infection caused by the Pseudomonas bacterium, a common bacterium that thrives in moist surroundings. Hot tubs, whirlpools, and Jacuzzis provide a perfect environment for the bacterium to survive. Symptoms of pseudomonas dermatitis include, but may not be limited to, red raised blotches, pus filled pimples around hair follicles, and itching. An antibiotic ointment may be required to treat the skin infection.

To reduce the risk for Pseudomonas dermatitis and the transmission of other waterborne pathogens, pool and hot tub operators should (1) adhere to pool and hot tub recommendations and regulatory requirements for pH and disinfectant levels; (2) have a thorough knowledge of basic aquatic facility operation; (3) provide training for pool staff on system capabilities, maintenance, and emergency alert procedures of remote monitoring systems; (4) closely monitor pool and hot tub free chlorine measurements during periods of heavy bather loading; (5) monitor hot tub disinfectant levels closely because the higher temperatures maintained serve to dissipate chlorine rapidly; and (6) understand appropriate use and effects of cyanurates on disinfection and testing.

See Also

  1. Infections
  2. Hot Tubs & Spas: Overview
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