During the past few months we’ve seen numerous startling social media photos and posts from Alabama parents whose children have been breaking out in sores and infections after swimming in some area lakes.
The painful, open sores are caused by staph infections, and have been popping up from children who have been swimming in Lewis Smith Lake and Lake Logan Martin. Local news reports here and here describe the potential risks and symptoms. You can also check water quality reports at the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association website.
The best way to keep your child safe, besides foregoing swimming in these lakes, is to make sure they don’t have open sores when they do take a plunge. Also, you are advised to make sure they bathe (on physician suggested a Clorox bath) immediately after getting out of the lake.