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Doctor insights on: Chlorine Allergy

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What are the symptoms of being allergic to chlorine?

What are the symptoms of being allergic to chlorine?

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

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Is it possible for a child to be allergic to chlorine?

Is it possible for a child to be allergic to chlorine?

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 more

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And everyone thinks im allergic to the chlorine! so can someone be allergic to chlorine?

And everyone thinks im allergic to the chlorine! so can someone be allergic to chlorine?

Chlorine allergy: Yes! you can be allergic to chlorine -- this would best be discussed with an allergist, and desensitization therapy may be effective. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Allergic to chlorine. Levels very high last night, still feeling rxn (skin burning/itchy,headache). can I go in a pool today or will It get worse?

Allergic to chlorine. Levels very high last night,  still feeling rxn (skin burning/itchy,headache). can I go in a pool today or will It get worse?

Predictably yes: If you know that you are ALLERGIC you should probably find a salt treated pool instead of a chlorine one. If this is just an occasional reaction when levels are very high, you might mention your symptoms to the pool managers and suggest that it made you sick and ask them to check that there is actually not too high a level of chlorine that could do the same to others. Good luck! ...Read more

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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?

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

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VERY sensitive/allergic to chlorine (asthma and skin rxn) Swallowed some pool water at practice; started coughing up phlegm and then threw up. Bad??

VERY sensitive/allergic to chlorine (asthma and skin rxn) Swallowed some pool water at practice; started coughing up phlegm and then threw up. Bad??

It may be: Immediately, you have to worry about your throat closing and not able to breath. However, if you're writing this, I believe enough time has passed that you don't have to worry about this. Watch for signs of an allergic reaction, itching, swelling, a rash, runny nose/eyes or trouble breathing. If any of these develop seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Whenever I go swimming I get little red dots, like goose bumps but redder, and my eyes sting like crazy, would that mean I am allergic to chlorine?

Whenever I go swimming I get little red dots,  like goose bumps but redder, and my eyes sting like crazy, would that mean I am allergic to chlorine?

Not allergy but irri: This can be an irritation of chlorine on the eyes bump itis not an allergy. The goose bumps are normal and is due to evaporation of the water and stimulate the muscles in the skin- called the pylosebaceous units. We call these goose bumps just as you describe ...Read more