Swimming, vertigo and dizziness.
When it’s summer time many of us want to go swimming, but for those with vertigo and dizziness it’s not always that easy. Swimming can present several challenges to the vertigo sufferer.
The first can be swimming in public p0ols. Unfortunately some pools are not always kept as clean as we would like. Swimming in pools that have not kep clean can pose an infection risk both for middle ear infections which can affect the balance, but also for respiratory tract infections. Respiratory tract infections can progress to become vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, a common cause of vertigo.
On the flip side, some people react badly to the chlorine, particularly in heated pools. Because of the higher temperatures, heated pools need higher levels of chlorine to kill the bacteria that prefer those environments. Unfortunately chlorine is a toxic gas (hence its use to kill bacteria) but those with sensitive vestibular systems may find it produces dizziness due to the toxic effects on the cerebellum.
Also the temperature changes of warm or cold water in the ear in those with sensitive balance systems may provoke vertigo and dizziness symptoms. Maybe consider ear plugs. This will help keep water out of the ear, and therefore be less likely to cause problems due to temperature changes.
Those with BPPV may find that the rotation movements with strokes like freestyle or crawl cause an aggravation of their symptoms. In that case maybe consider other strokes like sidestroke, backstroke or breaststroke as alternatives.
So let me know have you had any issues with swimming and vertigo? Did you find any ways to overcome it?