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Doctor insights on: Chlorine Intolerance Symptoms

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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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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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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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What symptoms make you think of chlorine bleach overdose?

What symptoms make you think of chlorine bleach overdose?

Bleach poisoning: Sodium hypochlorite is found in bleach. Poisoning sx's may include: "burning, red eyes, chest pain, coma, coughing (from the fumes), delirium, gagging sensation, low blood pressure, pain in the mouth or throat, possible burns on the esophagus, skin irritation of exposed area, burns, or blistering shock, slow heartbeat, stomach or abdominal pain, vomiting" REF: >> ...Read more

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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

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Its is it bad if chlorine gets into your contacts?

Depends: On the amount of chlorine. Chlorine bleach is bad. Chlorine in tap water isn't. ...Read more

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At what age can a baby go into a pool containing chlorine?

At what age can a baby go into a pool containing chlorine?

2 to 3 months: A healthy 2 to 3 month old baby can go in a warm chlorinated pool briefly while held in his/her mom's arms. Don't let him/her drink the water. Shade only please. No sunburn. Private pool only - no public baby pools! Germs! Don't stay too long as they will get cold. An older infant around 6 months can stay in a bit longer and play. Small infants get cold very quickly. No danger from chlorine. ...Read more

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What chemicals in pools besides chlorine can cause iitching?

What chemicals in pools besides chlorine can cause iitching?

Likely most of them: Here is a website's partial list of common chemicals in swimming pool use:
chlorine, cyanuric acid, bromine, alternatives to chlorine, ph decreaser (sodium bisulfate), muriatic acid, ph increaser (sodium carbonate), soda ash, hardness increaser, algistat, algaecide, clarifier, enzymes
the list is long, and most chemicals can irritate skin, depending on the concentration and the duration of exposure. ...Read more

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Besides chlorine what other chemicals in a pool can make someone itch?

Besides chlorine what other chemicals in a pool can make someone itch?

Water itself: Interestingly, water itself can be the culprit for dry-itchy skin. Prolonged time in pool can cause the natural oils on the skin to be removed causing dry skin (xerosis) which can cause itch. Limit time in the water then moisturize often (e.g. Baby oil). Hope you are better! ...Read more

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Why do they put so much chlorine in public pools? Do I need to use that much at home?

Prevention: To prevent the spread of disease. A public pool will be filled with people with a wide range of hygiene at any given time; and for some, a dip in the public pool may also double as their bathtime! ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to chlorine?

Yes: You can be sensitive and rarely allergic to chlorine. ...Read more

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What to do if chlorine is making me cough?

What to do if chlorine is making me cough?

Avoidance: The important treatment for irritant triggers such as chlorine is to avoid the substance as much as possible. This can include using using an acceptable substitute product, using the product in well ventilated areas, wearing a special face mask, etc. The cough may be irritant or even asthma. Your doctor can assess this with spirometry (breathing test) and recommend medications if needed. ...Read more

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Is chlorine bad for babies, as going in a pool?

Is chlorine bad for babies, as going in a pool?

Not at normal levels: Any pool that stinks too much of chlorine is probably not great for anybody as the gas formed as it escapes the water is a lung irritant. At normal levels it is fine for all swimmers including baby. ...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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Can I go in chlorine with a sty?

Can I go in chlorine with a sty?

Chlorine/stye: Although it may sting, or burn at the site of the stye, should not harm you. See your eye care doctor before you get in the water. ...Read more

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How to treat chlorine sensitivity?

How to treat chlorine sensitivity?

Avoid chlorine: Chlorine allergy is potentially dangerous and harmful and can cause mild to severe symptoms. In some cases, a chlorine allergy may be a nuisance, while in others it may be life-threatening. It is important to identity any chlorine allergies to determine if chlorine exposure is a problem for you. Swimming pools use a large concentration of chlorine that can aggravate chlorine sensitivity. ...Read more

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What should I do if I slashed chlorine in my eye?

What should I do if I slashed chlorine in my eye?

Irrigate/ER: Rinse with running tap water in the eye for 15-30 minutes and be seen in ER. ...Read more

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What if ur pee smells like chlorine?

What if ur pee smells like chlorine?

GET IT CHECKED: Your urine usually has no odor, but sometimes it is Ammonia which is breakdown from Urea excreted in urine
Smell can be due to infection and can be due to Diabetese dehydration or due to meds/VITAMINS
Drink lot of fluids and if it still smells of Chlorine have a urine test done
Other symptoms like pain while voiding, any medicine or Vitamin or supplement can also be the cause of Chlorine like smelL ...Read more

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Can chlorine cure jock itch?

Can chlorine cure jock itch?

Probably not: You're referring to the "chlorine" put in swimming pools, correct? A good topical antifungal such as tolnaftate is much less likely to injure you along with the fungi. ...Read more

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Will chlorine affect my sunburn?

Will chlorine affect my sunburn?

Yes: The irritation from sunburn will only be made worse by the chlorine in a pool. Opt for a more natural source such as lake or ocean. ...Read more

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Can chlorine in a pool irritate your skin?

Yes: While chlorine is generally safe, some people do have sensitivities to its use, particularly in higher concentrations. You may notice skin irritation, itching, or red/irritated eyes after swimming in a pool treated with chlorine or a number of other chemicals. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of the magnesium chlorine?

What are the benefits of the magnesium chlorine?

MgCl2: More than likely you are inquiring about magnesium chloride, also known as epsom salt, used for cellular detoxification, and tissue purification. Magnesium in different forms: present in milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) for constipation; given IV in eclampsia during pregnancy; IV in cardiac irregularity; used to treat muscle cramping. ...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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Does chlorine have a negative effect on your eyesight?

Does chlorine have a negative effect on your eyesight?

Not usually: The most common way to get exposed to chlorine is in a swimming pool. Chlorine in this situation can be an irritant, but does not cause any signficant visual problems. ...Read more

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What effect does silicone and chlorine do to a person's health?

What effect does silicone and chlorine do to a person's health?

Depends on dose: Silicon is inert and has been shown to not adversely affect ones health. Chlorine in low doses is beneficial to your health as it keeps your water supply free of harmful bacteria. Higher doses of chlorine can cause asthma like symptoms if inhaled and can poison you if ingested. ...Read more

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I have balanits and I'm at a water park, but I am not sure if it is safe to go in the water since it has chlorine.

I have balanits and I'm at a water park, but I am not sure if it is safe to go in the water since it has chlorine.

All water has CL: So if you are bathing you have already been exposed. Of course the levels are higher, so you should just go in for a minute or two to see if it bothers you and if it does, go and rinse off in the shower immediately.
If you HAPPEN to have any vaseline or zinc oxide with you, you could try putting this on first; but fair warning that though it may protect you, could also leave oil spot on trunks. ...Read more