Chlorine allergy: symptoms and prevention

Chlorine allergy is a problem that affects many people, especially in the summer when crowded pools are frequented. Symptoms may be of a different nature such as light skin reactions up to dangerous irritation of the airways.

Chlorine allergy symptoms.

The symptoms of chlorine allergy are variable depending on the person affected and his sensitivity to this element.

Initially, burning and itching can occur throughout the body and you may suffer from dry skin that tends to crack after you have taken a bath. Generally the most affected points are the soles of the feet and the joints of legs, arms and hands. In some cases, red spots may appear on the skin with rashes and dermatitis.

The problem can affect delicate points such as eyes that tend to redden, become irritated, tear and present other disorders such as burning and swelling.

Even the hair can be attacked by chlorine and tend to weaken and lose its shine.

In some cases the problems arising from chlorine allergy can be dangerous as they affect the respiratory tract procuring cough, stuffy nose and asthma. In the latter case the lungs can contract too much, preventing the subject from breathing.

How to cure and prevent chlorine allergy?

To minimize the problems caused by chlorine allergy, some precautions can be used, such as avoiding overcrowded pools. Furthermore, chlorine combines with some substances of human sweat, causing allergic reactions.

Experts always advise to take a shower before entering the water in order to eliminate sweat and provide the body with a protective shield. This will limits the absorption of water rich in chlorine. In fact, when chlorine comes into contact with the ammonia contained in the sweat.  It is also important to take another shower after exiting the water in order to remove chlorine from our skin as soon as possible.

If you have particularly delicate feet it is advisable to walk around the pool with appropriate shoes.

If you’re lucky and the pool is in your private garden, you can prevent the problem by using other disinfectants instead of chlorine, such as bromine. Or you can use a distiller to remove excess chlorine from the pool and keep the water always clean.

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