Bromine Allergies


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bromine-allergy If you are allergic to chlorine then you may also be allergic to bromine.  The most common symptom of a bromine allergy is an itchy rash in the armpits and groin area. Bromine is a milder form of chlorine but is still responsible for skin allergy symptoms especially in hot tub and spa users. It is made from salt brines in the United States and China.

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, runny nose or itchy nose may be symptoms of an intolerance to chlorine instead of a real allergy.

Hot tub manufacturers prefer the use of bromine instead of chlorine since it can withstand heat better than chlorine. Scientists are still at odds why people are more likely to develop an allergic reaction to bromine than chlorine.

The small white spots that may develop on the skin after bathing is not an allergic reaction to bromine.  It is always important to shower after sitting in a hot tub for any length of time.

Many people can develop a stuffy nose after swimming or sitting in a hot tub. This is commonly called swimmer’s sinusitis is caused by getting water in your nasal cavities. The best treatment for swimmer’s sinusitis is to drink plenty of water to keep the mucus thin and allow the sinuses to drain properly. Some people find that using a nasal rinse device after swimming will also relive some of the symptoms. If the problem persists, see a health professional because persistent sinus infections could lead to a more serious problem.

Unfortunately, the use of bromine instead of chlorine for hot tub use will not change anytime soon. Therefore, it is important to minimize the time spent in hot tubs at high temperatures. The higher the temperature, the more likely a skin rash may occur on a person sensitive to bromine.

If you or your friends and family members have an allergy to chlorine or bromine, then consider “ozone water purification” models when shopping for a hot tub. Ozone purification is a better alternative for purifying the water in a hot tub and is known to:

  • Eliminate the need for chemicals
  • Helps destroy bacteria, viruses, algae, yeasts
  • Prolong equipment life
  • Reduce maintenance time & cost

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Hot Tub Allergies


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Hot-tub-allergiesHot Tub Allergies

Hot tub related allergies are on the rise as more and more people enjoy this relaxing past-time.  Most people believe the skin rash or eruption may be due to excess bacteria found in the water from poor care. However, most rashes are due to improper pH levels; too high or too low can actually irritate the skin.

Since hot tubs do not have the water capacity of a swimming pool, they do not generally require the use of strong chlorine based products but rather a far milder amine compound known as bromine.  It is believed that up to 3% of people may be allergic to bromine or chlorine.

Even though it is quite rare, there is a final possibility that a hot tub which has a high level of turbidity (suspended solids) may have a bacteria nown as a pseudomona.  This bacteria can cause skin rashes after just one exposure and can typically be treated with a topical antibiotic ointment. The primary reason a bacterial infection of the skin caused by sitting in a hot tub is so rare is because the water will almost always appear too dirty to sit in.

Water should be changed out regularly according to use or at least every six months and bromine tablets should be added to the tub after heavy use. It is also recommended that persons refrain from applying liquid skin lotions and soaps at least one hour before sitting in a hot tub since they will rinse off and contaminate the water causing more frequent change outs.

About the Author: Steve (a.k.a. The Spa Doctor), Los Angeles, CA

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