Can you go swimming on antibiotics?

You should avoid going swimming while taking antibiotics. Water is full of bacteria that can cause infection and  vomiting. It’s best to consult your doctor first before you take any antibiotics. You should avoid swimming for at least two weeks before swimming.

If you must swim, however, there are some precautions you should take when swimming while taking antibiotics.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should wait until you finish the course of antibiotics. The water can contain billions of germs, including fecal matter.

One swimmer can introduce billions of germs into the water. While you should be able to swim, it’s important to remember that if you’re taking antibacterial, it can make you more prone to water-borne diseases.

Before swimming, remember to keep your hygiene in mind.

You should always shower 60 seconds before entering the pool. After a swim, you should do a thorough scrub afterwards to remove any bacteria that may have been picked up while swimming. Then, once you’ve washed your hands and arms, you can go back to your normal swimming routine.

If you are suffering from a urinary tract infection, don’t use your regular medication. You’ll have to take extra precautions before you can go swimming with a severe infection. It’s important to wash your body before and after the pool to avoid introducing new bacteria.

Just keep in mind though, even if you take  a minute-long shower, It will not necessarily help remove all bacteria from your skin. Make sure during the swim, you should wear swimsuits that fit properly to prevent further infections.