Is It Ok To Swim With A Staph Infection?

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Definition

A swimming pool granuloma is a long-term (chronic) skin infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium marinum.


Alternative Names

Aquarium granuloma; Fish tank granuloma


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

A swimming pool granuloma occurs when water containing Mycobacterium marinum bacteria enters a break in the skin. Signs of a skin infection appear about 2 - 3 weeks later.

Risks include exposure to swimming pools, salt water aquariums, or ocean fish.


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