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Allergic to chlorine, had a bad reaction last night because the levels were high. Not feeling well todsy as a result. Should I avoid the pool today?
Toxic reaction?: What symptoms did you have? Skin, Respiratory, neurologic or other? If you are convinced that the chlorine was the cause then yes, wait until the water or ambient levels drop. FYI , technically speaking reactions to chlorine are not actually due to allergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irritant not allergy: You really can't be allergic to chlorine. It's an element not a protein. Chlorine gas, however, is a powerful mucous membrane irritant and can trigger symptoms - coughing, burning eyes and nasal passage, watery eyes, sore throat, difficulty breathing - that resembles some allergic symptoms. Chlorine gas can be generated in your home by combining bleach and ammonia. Don't do it. ...Read more
Maybe...: Chlorine is irritating to the parts of our bodies, and can depend on how sensitive our living tissues are to the chemical, and how high the concentration of chlorine is. A true allergy to chlorine refers to reactions of chlorine with our immune systems (think of hay fever, dust allergy, food allergy). One can try allergy meds, but they may not help much if chlorine is directly irritating tissues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am allergic to chlorine (asthmatic reaction), and after a 2 hours around an indoor pool I have a headache. Are the two related? Can I swim tonight?
Chlorine sensitive: Your doctor that treats you for asthma may know better. Your history would be informative here. The chlorine reaction is more irritant in nature, so it is ok to have exposure (not necessarily life threatening). You may benefit from using inhalant medication including corticosteroid inhaler or albuterol before swimming. The headache may or may not be related to respiratory effects. ...Read more
I am allergic to chlorine (asthmatic reaction), and after a 2 hour diving practice last night I have had a headache. Could it be from the chlorine?
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