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Swimming Accessories for Summer Safety

Swimming accessories are important for summer safety if you plan on swimming. There are a number of things that swimmers can use to enhance their summer experience, but there are some swimming accessories that no one should be without. One of the most important swimming accessories one can own is swimming goggles.

In many public swimming spots, swimming goggles are a required piece of swimming equipment. The most important reason to wear swimming goggles is to avoid getting an infection in your eyes from chemicals or bacteria in the water. Chlorine, which is a chemical that is used to fight bacteria in swimming pools, can also cause health issues. If a swimmer's eyes are exposed to chlorine for too long, temporary blindness, irritation, or other damage to corneal surface is possible.

The eyes are not the only part of the body that needs protection from the water. Another important swimming accessory is the earplug. The swimming earplug is different the earplugs you wear to block out noise. They are specially designed to keep water from entering the ear. Many people do not realize how dangerous it can be to ignore this crucial swimming gear. When water enters the ear canals, it can lead to ear infections or even diseases. One well-known disease is called Swimmer's Ear. Although Swimmer's ear is known for being painful, if left untreated it can lead to hearing loss in one or both ears. Although this type of infection is uncommon in adults, children are at a greater risk of infection because it is more difficult for them to communicate ear pain.

An often-ignored swimming accessory is the swim cap. A swim cap is usually seen as being a swimming accessory used only by professional swimmers, but it does a whole lot more than reduce resistance. Swimming accessories such as the swim cap help protect your hair against damage from chemicals and bacteria that can cause scalp irritation. Several skin diseases begin on the scalp because the hair easily collects bacteria. With a swim cap, you have the ability to still go swimming without harming your hair or scalp. Many public pools require women and men with long hair to wear a swim cap while in the pool. The reason behind this rule is to keep the drains and filters from getting clogged or tangled in long hairs that naturally fall out.

A swimming accessory popular for beginners or people who must hold their nose under water is the nose plug because it keeps the water from entering the nose. Many people stay away from water because of the uncomfortable feeling and often very dangerous act of inhaling water. A swimming gear such as a nose plug allows people to swim without the fear getting water up the nose. No matter what your needs this summer, these are the basic swimming accessories that will keep you healthy and focusing on having fun instead of pesky infections brought on by bacteria in the water.