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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

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can you have an allergic reaction to chlorine in a pool?

Can you have an allergic reaction to chlorine in a pool?

Irritant: Chlorine is a strong irritant and can cause skin rashes and respiratory symptoms in susceptible people. Those with asthma, allergies, eczema are particularly sensitive to chlorine exposure. If chlorine levels are too high it will bother most people. ...Read more

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I suffered an allergic reaction to chlorine now my toes look bloodshot and a funny colour why?

I suffered an allergic reaction to chlorine now my toes look bloodshot and a funny colour why?

Irritnant reaction: Your reaction appears more like an irritant dermatitis rather than an allergic reaction. The difference is that you probably do not carry an antibody charecteristic of an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my boys are getting allergies from chlorine in the water?

Should i be concerned if my boys are getting allergies from chlorine in the water?

To eyes?: If your boys are getting red eyes after swimming, they likely have a chemical irritation to their eyes. Have them swim with goggles and try to limit opening eyes under water. If the allergy is to their skin, have them take a shower immediately after exiting the pool. See your doctor for other reactions. ...Read more

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What can I do if my boys are getting allergies from chlorine in the water?

What can I do if my boys are getting allergies from chlorine in the water?

Doubt true allergy: Chlorine in pools bubbles off in the sunlight forming a gas that is quite irritating. As kids swim with their head just above the water they are in a zone where this chlorine odor is prominent. It can produce nasal irritation & occasionally set off an asthma attack. In some respects it is like inhaling smoke.Avoiding the peak sun hours can help but this is part of swimming in a chlorinated pools. ...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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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more