Stay tuned! 6 beach diseases to stay away from

Stay tuned! 6 beach to stay away from diseases

The passion for beaches is something shared by many Brazilians. The tropical climate of the country, our extensive coastal area and the taste for party and leisure that define our people are just some of the factors that motivate this taste by the sea.

In Brazil, only nine states – and the Federal District – do not have a beach to call your own. Still, those who live in these places soon ensures a way to travel to a nearby seaside town to enjoy a few days of sun, sea and sand.

The beaches, however, can also bring also some concerns. The agglomeration of people, scattered trash, heat and moisture end up being responsible for the appearance and proliferation of various health problems commonly called the “Beach diseases.”

In this post, you will know some of the main conditions commonly acquired in these places, their forms of treatment and, of course, how to prevent you and  your family !

Beach diseases: Meet six enemies of leisure and rest

While that is a haven of  rest  and leisure, beaches may be foci of transmission and dissemination of health problems.

The large number of people, the poor conditions of food packaging, exposure to water that may be contaminated, among other situations of risk, can be the perfect environment for the emergence of diseases beach.

Here are some of the major diseases in this type of environment:


The humidity is the ideal environment for the emergence of the specific problems of the skin known as mycosis. And in places like the beaches, there are several situations in which they may arise.

Either by contact with contaminated water, the continued use of wet bathing suit or even the proximity to fungi present in chairs, towels or even the sand, ringworm is a common problem for those who go often to the beach.

Likely to rise anywhere in the body, the beach mycoses appear as white spots on the skin, the famous white cloth, itching, flaking, redness, chilblains and in some cases even as more severe infections.

To avoid these unpleasant conditions, a few simple tips, like not stay long with bikinis and swimwear, bathing and drying the body after leaving the sea and use dry towels to cover chairs and sand are very efficient! If ringworm still appear, treatment is usually simple and done with antifungals.

geographic animal

It is also the skin that comes another unpleasant situation and that is usually acquired on the beaches. The so-called “geographical bug” is actually a parasite whose larvae hide in the sand and just penetrating the human skin.

usually entering the feet, but also can invade the body through the hands, these worms can get around the skin and leave a trail that resembles the drawing of a map and itches a lot.

Again, the direct care not sit on the sand is the main prevention. Wormers and ointments are the possible treatments for the condition.

standing bug

Believe it or not, but beyond the geographical, there is another kind of “bug” that can also cause enough irritation and disorder in those who like to attend beaches. The foot animal, also known as tungiasis, occurs when a type of flea that lives in sandy soils penetrates the skin of human beings.

Symptoms usually occur in the person’s foot. Usually a yellowish nodule with a black dot at the top is the first sign of the animal presence. Then an intense itching arises in the region. The foot animal must be removed by a doctor.


Whenever you go to the beach with your family, it is important to check the space that you will choose to stay. That’s because, toxoplasmosis, the disease that can cause serious damage to health, can also be transmitted in this space.

Faeces and urine of infected cats end up infecting the beach sand and, if there is contact, you can contract the disease. The first symptoms of toxoplasmosis are characterized by intense malaise and swollen glands.

Care must be reinforced with children who have poor health, and the  pregnant women since it can cause serious damage to the fetus. The treatment of this disease is with antibiotics.

Food poisoning

This is perhaps one of the most common diseases beach. After all, who does not know any history of a family member or friend who just feeling bad after eating some food on the beach?

Diarrhea, fever, vomiting and dehydration are some of the symptoms of this condition caused by  food  contaminated by bacteria. To avoid this type of situation, it is important to try to check the conditions of hygiene of food purchased on the beach, bring their own food on cold packs to ensure their preservation for longer and doubt even the consumption of natural juices sold in these places – since it is not possible to guarantee the origin of the water used in the preparation.

To treat poisoning, doctors recommend enhance hydration with water, juices and ORS. In some cases, you need to go to hospital to have it done intravenously.


Although not necessarily a disease, burns cause serious trouble to the health of those who do not take the necessary care to the skin during exposure to strong sunlight. Uncomfortable, burning and even more serious injuries may be caused by the lack of sunscreen or excessive tanning time.

Although this segment, the use of bleaching powder and cooked formulas to ensure a new skin tone allergies and can cause severe burns on sensitive skin.

As you saw, it is not good to rely on luck when dealing with the beach diseases. Follow the basic guidelines for the prevention of diseases and be assured of a good health plan with  extensive network accredited  to the support and support in the event of consultations and emergency hospital admissions for the treatment of these situations are key tips to minimize the problems caused in a situation that should be paramount for recreation and rest!

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