Chlorine Allergy


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chlorine-allergyIf you are allergic to chlorine then you may suffer from Type 4-Allergies  also called cell-mediated or delayed allergies. The most common symptom is an itchy rash under the armpits and in the groin area.

Scientists consider chlorine one of the most toxic elements found in nature and yet the number of people allergic to chlorine is extremely small. Eye irritation, dry skin, coughing, sneezing, stuffy or itchy nose may be symptoms of an intolerance to chlorine instead of a true allergy.

Bromine or Chlorine

Some pools use bromine instead of chlorine. Bromine is used in most hot tubs because it can withstand heat better than chlorine. More people can develop an allergic reaction to bromine than chlorine but it is still considered very rare.

In chlorine treated pools the chlorine reacts with other chemicals, such as those fond in dirt, which creates chloramines compounds. Always shower prior to swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool to stop this chemical reaction from happening in the pores of you skin.

The small white patches that can develop on your skin after swimming is not an allergic reaction to chlorine. The white patches are actually caused by a type of yeast infections and needs to be treated with a topical medication. Always shower after swimming and use an anti chlorine shampoo and an anti chlorine soap.

Many people develop stuffy nose after swimming in a public pool. This is commonly called swimmer’s sinusitis is caused by getting water into the sinuses. The best treatment for swimmer’s sinusitis is to drink plenty of water to keep the mucus thin and allow the sinusitis to drain properly. Some people find that using a nasal spray after swimming will also relive some of the symptoms. If the problem continues then see a healthcare professional because a persistent sinus infection could lead to a more serious problem.

Another treatment for the swimmer’s sinusitis is to use Eucalyptus oil in boiling water and inhale the steam that is being generated. This treatment is also very good for any type of stuffy nose due to a cold, flu or allergy problems. This essential oil readily diffused into the air can provide benefits to nasal and bronchial areas.

If you are allergic to chlorine then find a good health care professional prior to starting any type of home treatment.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

Related Post: Hot Tub Allergies and Bromine Allergies.

About the author:
David Cowley has created numerous articles on allergies. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to allergies and how to treat them. www.allergies-team.com

Allergist Dr. Leonard Bielory on Chlorine Allergy

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