Should I go to the beach with red tide present?

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY -

Red tide is a mov­ing tar­get and may be present at any county beach in the com­ing days.

Ex­actly when and where is un­pre­dictable.

Peo­ple who have chronic res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions are more sen­si­tive to air­borne ir­ri­tants and are, there­fore, par­tic­u­larly at risk of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­ac­tion.

The tox­ins can be car­ried at least a mile on a breeze. Ex­po­sure to these tox­ins can cause cough­ing, sneez­ing, wa­tery eyes, sore throat. doors and turn on the air con­di­tion­ing.

If symp­toms per­sist, seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties say swim­ming is safe but ad­vise us­ing com­mon sense.

If it’s both­er­ing your ears, nose or throat on land, then swim­ming in it will, too.

Swim­ming through it can also ir­ri­tate your skin and burn your eyes.

If you have re­ac­tion to plant prod­ucts, then avoid ar­eas where there’s red tide.

Don’t swim among dead fish.

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