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I get 'common cold' symptoms for a day after i swim in a pool the last 4-5 times. Sore throat, sinus, sneezing. Could it be a chlorine allergy?

I get 'common cold' symptoms for a day after i swim in a pool the last 4-5 times. Sore throat, sinus, sneezing. Could it be a chlorine allergy?

No but: Chlorine can irritate your nose and trigger asthma for those who have the condition. It is not an allergy however. I suspect that you may have a hay fever issue which is worsened by the chlorine exposure. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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Could someone have an allergy to chlorine?

Could someone have an allergy to chlorine?

Irritant reaction: A true ige mediated allergy to chlorine is not reported; however, chlorine is a potent irritant and in high concentrations causes irritation to the eyes, nose, lungs and skin. A very large accidental inhalation of chlorine gas could damage the lungs and cause symptoms like acute asthma. There is no blood or skin test to confirm sensitivity to chlorine. As a potent irritant, try to limit exposure. ...Read more

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What's the difference between chlorine intolerance and a chlorine allergy. I think I have one or the other and i'm a swimmer and how do I treat it.?

What's the difference between chlorine intolerance and a chlorine allergy.  I think I have one or the other and i'm a swimmer and how do I treat it.?

Maybe intolerance: Chlorine is irritating to living tissues, so chlorine intolerance can cause eye irritation, dry skin, coughing, and sneezing, in addition to a stuffy nose. There is not an effective medical treatment, because the chlorine chemical is directly irritating the living tissues. Less common is a true chlorine allergy in which one's immune system reacts with chlorine (think of pollen or food allergies). ...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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When you have a skin-intolerance for chlorine, is one benefitted by taking an anti-histaminicum, seeing it is not an a allergy (for my daughter -10Y)?

When you have a skin-intolerance  for chlorine, is one benefitted by taking an anti-histaminicum, seeing it is not an a allergy (for my daughter -10Y)?

I don't believe so.: to the best of my knowledge, this herb/supplement does not help a chlorine sensitivity. the most important and definitive treatment for a skin-intolerance to chlorine is total avoidance of contact with anything that contains chlorine ( pools that use chlorine, detergents with chlorine, etc). ...Read more

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I get a slight stuffy nose when swimming but can be blowen out easily, and get itchy skin after a week maybe if I don't lotion. Chlorine allergy?

I get a slight stuffy nose when swimming but can be blowen out easily, and get itchy skin after a week maybe if I don't lotion.  Chlorine allergy?

Chlorine irritation: 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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Have dry cough and chest tightness (been 3 weeks now), no fever/headache. It started after a few times that i went swimming. Is it chlorine allergy?

Have dry cough and chest tightness (been 3 weeks now), no fever/headache. It started after a few times that i went swimming. Is it chlorine allergy?

No: You cannot be allergic to chlorine. It does not have a high enough molecular weight to be the cause of an allergic reaction. Chlorine is, however, an irritant and can cause the symptoms that you describe when exposed to a high enough concentration. ...Read more

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