You might have chlorine allergy but you don’t know it yet. So for your safety, check the symptoms below and have your doctor check you up if you feel them after swimming in pools.
Swimming in public pools with friends during the hot months of summer is one of the best activities one can have. But an allergy attacks while swimming wills surely ruins the moment and cause you to end the fun prematurely.
The good news is that chlorine allergy is a treatable condition that isn’t really that threatening. Still, the discomfort it brings cannot be dealt without medical attention.
Here are the symptoms to look out for. Remember to have your doctor see your condition the moment you suffer from these seemingly simple but really uncomfortable symptoms. Also know that they may spring up during or after swimming.
Chlorine allergy may sometimes look like an asthma attack simply because some symptoms attack the respiratory tract. These symptoms become more severe in indoor pools where the chlorine is constantly breathed in. Symptoms include:
a. The sensation of not getting enough air
b. A tight feeling in the chest
c. Not being able to take a deep breath
2. Irritation of the Eyes – irritation to the eyes during swimming is normal but in chlorine allergy, the irritation is more severe.
d. Swollen eyes
3. Dry Skin – Dry skin, at severe levels, may include sensations like
c. Peeling skin
Rashes – rashes that resemble skin eczema occur in areas where clothing touches the skin. Leaving the clothing on after swimming can make the rashes spread like a wildfire. So remember to get a good shower and remove the clothing you have right after swimming.
Itching – Chlorine is an irritant and can cause severe itching. Get a good shower and use a soap mild on the skin right after swimming.