With the weather heating up, today’s tip is another water safety tip, in the style of the many we’ve run before (see below). You should never go swimming with an open wound, as illustrated by a scary story reported last week.
Earlier this month, as ABC7 tells it, 12-year-old Kylei went swimming while on vacation in Destin, Florida, a day after scuffing her toe on a skateboard. From just that scuff, she “contracted a rare bacterial infection called necrotizing fasciitis, an aggressive, life-threatening infection that kills one out of every three people who get it.” Kylei experienced pain in her leg soon after, and back home in Indiana after the vacation, her leg began to swell and she became feverish. Before long, she was at the ER and then in surgery to save her life—and then her leg.
Fortunately, the story ends with Kylei in full recovery, her life and her leg intact. But the lesson her mother wants to pass forward is that swimming with an open wound invites serious risk. And an open wound doesn’t just mean an obvious gash. On its page for necrotizing fasciitis, the CDC writes that scrapes, burns, puncture wounds (as from a shot or IV), and even insect bites qualify as open wounds and are therefore risky.
Encounters with necrotizing fasciitis are very rare, but as Dr. Richard N. Bradley once told U.S. News & World Report, “the key thing to remember is that all water has bacteria in it, including sea water and chlorinated pool water. As hard as it can be to sit out when everyone else is having fun, the risk just isn’t worth it.”
- How Swimming in a Pool Could Get You Sick
- Don’t Swim with Clothes On
- Use an “On Guard Card” When Around Water With Young Children
Have your own tip? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Want to see more tips? Click here for all 1,483!
Want even more travel tips? Sign up here for the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! Just fill in your email address and check the Daily Travel Tip box—and you’ll have Johnny’s best tips, straight to your inbox each day!
If you already subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you can sign up on the same page. Just fill in your email and check the Daily Travel Tip box on the same page and you’ll receive an email with a link to update your JohnnyJet.com preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.