Any swimmers who are allergic to pool chlorine?

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  1. aic

    aic Golden Member

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    I can't swim anymore because of what I believe to be an allergic reaction to pool chlorine. Stuffs up my sinuses and I sound like I have a bad cold. I will try a nose plug but not sure that will help. Any other tips?
     
  2. Lola

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    Can you really wash yourself well after swimming(especially your face)? I know there are special shampoos they have to take the chlorine out of your hair, you you could try and use it on your body too.

    I know that when i swim, my hair turns green from it.
     
  3. aic

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    Thanks.

    It is an indoor YMCA pool.

     
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    There are brominated pools around, but that's not really a solution. See a doctor for an allergy test.
     
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    I knew a guy who's entire body would break out in boils. For years he thought he had systemic acne, until he took two months off to recoup from an injury/surgery. During the break his skin cleared up. He ended up having a battery of tests and he is allergic to the chlorine in the water.
     
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    We have several ozone treated pools here and they are much nicer to swin in.
     
  7. aic

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    just bump'in.
     
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    My sister is allergic to chlorine as well. It gives her terrible rashes.

    However, as her doctor said, we are all allergic to chlorine. After all, it's used to kill stuff.

    Give a high enough concentration and anyone will have a problem with it.
     
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    There is a big difference between a poison and an allergen.
     
  12. aic

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    Thanks.

     
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    My 16-yr-old son is also "allergic" to chlorine - he breaks out in hives and his nose passages swell up so that he stops breathing. Not fun. We've been through the whole allergist route and frankly, most allergists are lowlife doodoo bags.

    I put "allergic" in quotes because when we hit the emergency room, if I say "allergic" they get an allergist who argues, rather than helps, but if I say he's "sensitive" to chlorine and he stopped breathing because of it, then we get a real doctor.

    Anyway, in our area there are a couple of spring-fed outdoor public pools that are kept chlorine-free, and a lot of "allergic" people go there, including us. If you start making phone calls you will find that there ARE non-chlorinated pools. Takes a while, but worth the effort.
     
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    AKA it's impossible to be allergic to cholrine. Cholorine is an element. The only people who can legitimatley claim to be allergic to cholorine were killed by chorline based gas bombs in WW1
     
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    they have a hypo allergenic version of pool sanitizer, if it's your own pool, or someone who you could convince to use it. I used to work in a pool store, we'd get ppl with allergies every now and then...I think it's potassium based
     
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    we have baquacil in my pool.
     
  17. aic

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    Thanks. I went swimming on Sunday and my nose is still stuffed up. :frown:
     
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    Indoor pools rarely use chlorine. good pool info
    There is also a good forum attached to the site with loads of info. :)
     
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    I have a problem with chlorine in the pool we go to. I actually feel faint and nauseous from the smell. I wish they used sodium hypochloride.

    Will ask the pool manager tonight when we go.