Legionnaires Disease

Legionnaires Disease & Lung Infection. Legionnaire Disease Disease Symptoms & Poor Swimming Pool Chemistry & Pool Water Maintenance. 

Most people who contract Pontiac Fever do not need to be hospitalized and normally recover within 5 - 7 days.

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This particular bacteria got its name in 1976 when the Philadelphia convention of the American Legion had an outbreak of this kind of pneumonia (lung infection).

Every year between 8,000 - 20,000 people are sent to the hospital in the U.S. Many infections are not reported or diagnosed so this number might be higher or lower.

Most outbreaks and infections are in the Summer and early Fall and have similar symptoms to the swine flu. 

Symptoms Of Legionnaires Disease

They will normally develop within 2 - 10 days after contact with the bacteria and usually include headache, loss of energy and appetite, nausea, chest pains, muscle aches, and high fever.

Asthmatic Bronchitis - Asthmatic bronchitis, pool water care and swimming pool chemistry. 

Swimmer's Ear - Inner and outer ear infection treatment and remedies for an ear canal infection. 

Chlorine Allergy - Chlorine allergy and swimming pool water chemistry. 

Legionella Pneumonia can cause death if not properly treated. People who are most at risk:

  • Older than 65
  • Smoke
  • Already have lung disease
  • Already have a weak or compromised immune system

How Do I Get Legionella Pneumonia

This pneumonia is a pulmonary infection and is contracted by inhaling water vapor or droplets containing the legionella bacteria.

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Some doctors believe this bacteria is present in some drinking water, public swimming pools, and hot tubs. Lack of good hygiene, sanitizing, and pool chlorine can contribute to transmission and outbreak.

It may also be transmitted be contaminated water and cuts on the skin. 

How Do I Get Treated?

Obviously you'll want to ask your doctor about the right kind of treatment, but antibiotics have been known to be effective. 

Precautions Against Lung Infection

It's an environmental disease because it is transmitted from an environment (water) to a person.

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Commercial and residential plumbing can be properly maintained and the right amount of sanitizer or swimming pool chlorine can be used to kill the bacteria. You must prevent and disinfect all areas in question, especially for public swimming pools.

Legionnaires Disease can be serious and life-threatening but most people should recover with an early visit to the doctor and the right antibiotic treatment.

I have heard about Legionella Pneumonia and Pontiac Fever and wanted to give you some information that I have picked up in the last 15 years of taking care of swimming pools.

This page is not to be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only.

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