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Chlorine Allergic Reaction
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
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I smell chlorine even if i haven't been near anything with chlorine. What can this mean? My right nostril is sensitive and my allergies are bad this y
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
Anaphylaxis: The most severe reaction that can occur after repeated exposure to something you are allergic to is called anaphylaxis. This rare but sudden condition causes itchy welts (hives), followed by wheezing, shortness of breath, and occasionally, swelling of the tongue or throat. Without treatment, swelling of the tongue or throat can sometimes worsen and block the airway. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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