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Chlorine Intolerance Symptoms
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
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
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
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
Will swimming in chlorinated water make my chronic sinusitis worse? During the summer months I work with kids at camp. My condition has gotten better but I fear that the chlorine in the water will cause symptoms to reoccur.
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?
Depends: On the amount of chlorine. Chlorine bleach is bad. Chlorine in tap water isn't. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Make sure you use sunscreen.Get a more detailed answer ›
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