A sign in Arabic reads: “Danger, water highly polluted, swimming here might lead to dangerous illnesses,” at Beirut’s Ramlet al-Baida beach.
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In recent years, more and more stories have emerged like Taher's, with beachgoers reporting rashes or infections after swimming in the polluted seas of Lebanon's coast.Though no official studies have shed light on the direct correlation between pollution off Lebanon's beaches and specific health problems, doctors are starting to attribute the increase in the number of skin-related issues in part to the country's hazardous waters.Naamani also noted that because of sea currents, the pollution is not confined to Beirut's beaches, but has spread up and down the Lebanese coastline.Amany Sabbagh, another physician who sees patients with skin-related issues at NuYu Medi Spa in Beirut's Verdun, similarly attributes a large percentage of the rash cases she has seen to her patients' swimming in polluted water. Both doctors noted that while swimming in pools can also lead to skin infections, the risks are higher in waters off the coast, which are larger and exposed to more pollutants.
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