Surprisingly this question gets asked a lot.
The short answer is no, it is very unlikely you will get scabies from a swimming pool or the ocean.
Let’s discuss why.
Scabies is spread through prolonged skin-to-skin contact such as sexual intercourse or holding hands for a period of time. In fact, a very high percentage of people tend to have gotten scabies from either their children or sexual partner.
The reason this is unlikely to happen in a swimming pool is because prolonged skin to skin contact is not common while swimming.
Moreover, scabies are unlikely to change hosts while underwater.
For a scabies mite to change hosts, it is required to come to the surface of the skin and then burrow into the new host. According to the CDC, it is very unlikely will emerge from under the skin while the host is underwater.
While this has not been studied formally, we do know that scabies always act in the best interests of their survival. Changing hosts is only done at opportune times – while you are submerged in water would certainly not be one of them.
The final reason why catching scabies from a swimming pool is unlikely is because pools are generally heavily chlorinated. When exposed to bleach or chlorine directly, a scabies mite is very unlikely to survive, let alone underwater.
The one exception to this is if someone with Norwegian scabies has been in the pool recently.
Norwegian scabies is a more intense type of scabies infestation, where it is normal for many scabies mites to sit atop the surface of the skin, rather than burrowed beneath it.
In this case, it is likely scabies mites will have entered the water.
However, catching Norwegian scabies in this way is highly unlikely also. Here’s why:
First of all, Norwegian scabies is extremely obvious. There would rarely be a case where a person has Norwegian scabies and is unaware they have Norwegian scabies.
For anyone to go to a public swimming pool with that condition would be extremely unlikely.
The second reason is the same as the one we mentioned earlier – it’s difficult for scabies mites to survive for very long in chlorinated water without a host. When exposed directly to these types of chemicals, they die very quickly.
Therefore – if you want to go swimming, relax. There are many things you could possibly catch in a swimming pool, but scabies isn’t likely to be one of them.
Suffering from scabies?
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Scabies does not heal on its own.
Left untreated, it only gets worse. More mites hatch, more mites burrow, more mites lay eggs.
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