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Chlorine Bromine Allergy
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dx: chlorine induced asthma (swimming); and skin rxns to chlorine prod/pool. PCP said chlorine allergy; but told that isn't real by others.Is it real?
Allergy & 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
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
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
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?
Can increase in eosinophil count delay menses?I even had a skin allergy because of chlorine water at a water park. I m due on menses for 10days now.
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?
Have itchy stomach. Bromine from hot tub? Or could be fungal from clindamycin finished few days ago? No rash. Just itchy gets worse if scratch.
May be: It may be from exposure to heat. Please see dermatologist if continues to find out cause. ...Read more
Hypothyroidism is on the rise because of companies putting brominated vegetable oil in soft drinks isn't it?
No: There is no such association. Do you believe the world is flat as well? You need some hobbies to take you away from the internet. ...Read more
Depends: On the amount of chlorine. Chlorine bleach is bad. Chlorine in tap water isn't. ...Read more
Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summer's grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...Read more
If too many symptoms: Hay fever (allergies) is usually due to pollens that are in the air. Some people are allergic to molds and other substances. One can wear a mask when working outdoors or when hiking. Avoid playing outdoors when the pollen or smog levels are high. Medicines such as Claritin otc, zyrtec otc, or prescription eye drops and nasal steroid sprays are helpful. Allergy shots are another option. ...Read more
Meds, Avoidance: Ragweed allergy presents with congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip (season from August to first frost). See an Allergist in order to confirm suspicion. Intranasal steroid sprays and non-sedating antihistamines can be helpful as well as avoidance measures (keeping car and house windows close, avoid high pollen counts). Also allergy shots or new sublingual tablets. ...Read more