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Doctor insights on: How To Protect Skin From Swimming Pool Chlorine

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What does swimming pool chlorine do to the skin?

What does swimming pool chlorine do to the skin?

Harsh on your skin: Chlorine damages the oil and mineral balance of skin cells, destroying the fluid balance, resulting in dried out, dead cells. This in turn leads to dry, peeling skin, which makes the surface of the skin appear shiny. Make sure to apply moisturizer after being in a chlorine pool. ...Read more

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Does swimming pool chlorine damage the thyroid? If so, how can I protect my thyroid?

Does swimming pool chlorine damage the thyroid? If so, how can I protect my thyroid?

No: If you're swimming, it's fine. If you're doing pool maintenance and mixing the chlorine solution, please be careful to use proper precautions so that you don't accidentally make chlorine gas, which is highly poisonous. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could protect my skin from getting darker due to chlorinated swimming pool?

Can you tell me how I could protect my skin from getting darker due to chlorinated swimming pool?

Skin care: Apply a strong SPF sunscreen at least half an hour before entering the pool. Insure that chlorine is well washed from skin with warm water and soap. Use moisturizers liberally. Hydrate well with water. ...Read more

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Will chlorine in the swimming pool hurt severe sunburn?

Will chlorine in the swimming pool hurt severe sunburn?

Regardless of: Chlorine, if you have severe burning do you really want to be back in the sun before getting in some healing time? ...Read more

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Sweat has a definite chlorine-like smell (like a swimming pool). I haven't swam in a swimming pool for more than a year. Could it represent something?

Sweat has a definite chlorine-like smell (like a swimming pool). I haven't swam in a swimming pool for more than a year. Could it represent something?

Low carbs?: Are you on a carbohydrate, high-protein diet? This might be one explanation. If not, consider seeing your doctor for a valuation of other possible metabolic issues. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck ...Read more

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What happens if you swim with your eyes open underwater in a chlorine swimming pool?

What happens if you swim with your eyes open underwater in a chlorine swimming pool?

Eye irritation: Chlorine is an eye irritant. It can create a mild chemical burn on the skin covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva) and the clear window of the eye (cornea). Although it is not dangerous, it is very uncomfortable. If you have sensitive eyes or are at a pool with a high chlorine level, wear swim goggles or a mask. ...Read more

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White dry blotches on face. She is a swimmer and trains 5 times a week. Could this be the chlorine from the swimming pool?

White dry blotches on face. She is a swimmer and trains 5 times a week. Could this be the chlorine from the swimming pool?

Possibly: Depends what these patches look like...chlorine can be drying and irritative...prob would suggest moisturizing before and after pool exposure. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get chlorine in your eyes from a swimming pool?

Is it dangerous to get chlorine in your eyes from a swimming pool?

No: The chlorine may irritate your eyes, but it is temporary and safe. Consider wearing goggles if your eye do get irritated. ...Read more

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Does chlorine kill sperm that is ejaculated into a swimming pool?

Does chlorine kill sperm that is ejaculated into a swimming pool?

Sperm in: Chlorinated water won't live long at all. Don't worry, if someone ejaculates in a swimming pool - the sperm won't swim over to a female and impregnate her. However, if you are engaging in sexual intercourse while in a swimming pool - don't expect the chlorine to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Swimming Pool Water: Swimming pool water will not make your skin paler. Chlorine treated indoor swimming pools can cause asthma or other breathing problems in swimmers according to research from several sources. ...Read more

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My skin is itching and burning after swimming in an indoor swimming pool. What could be wrong?

Chlorine!: The chlorine that is put in a public swimming pool to kill harmful organisms has also been known to cause skin irritation. When you come out of the pool, be sure that you shower well! ...Read more

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Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Lice Don't Swim: Head lice live only on human beings. Can be spread quickly by using the hat, comb, or towel of infected person or by close contact. May crawl or fall onto clothing, bedding, towels, furniture, pool. Don't survive off body >24hr. Anyone can get lice despite frequent hairwashing. The nits (eggs) normally hatch into lice in about 1 week. Do not carry other diseases, no lasting health consequences. ...Read more

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When can a child go into a swimming pool after having head lice?

When can a child go into a swimming pool after having head lice?

After treatment: I agree that head lice can't swim, but kids do touch heads in swimming pools; so to be safe, I would do the prescribed treatment, and use a fine comb (such as the one that comes with some head lice medications) to comb out any nits (eggs) that may be attached to hair shafts. Once that has been done, the kid can participate in all activities, including swimming. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract any skin diseases when in a public swimming pool?

No: If the pool is maintained well then the chlorine or other chemicals in the water will protect you from any disease organisms.

If you have any questions about a particular pool seek out the pool manager and ask for the test results of the water. These have to be done on a regular basis to check for water quality. ...Read more

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What could be causing me to have an allergic skin rash in my own swimming pool but not in others?

What could be causing me to have an allergic skin rash in my own swimming pool but not in others?

Can be infection: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common cause of folliculitis, which might be what you are having. It is commonly called "hot tub folliculitis" but can be spread in swimming pools, or even sometimes by shared diving suits. It is very important to keep tubs, pools, and shared water equipment clean on a regular basis.
*sometimes is eczema, which is dry, sensitive skin, depends on type of rash. ...Read more

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I just got off zoloft (sertraline) 2 weeks ago and my head feels like it is in a swimming pool and when I move my head from side to side I get very woozy. Normal?

I just got off zoloft (sertraline) 2 weeks ago and my head feels like it is in a swimming pool and when I move my head from side to side I get very woozy. Normal?

R/O SINUSITIS: UNLIKELY FROM ZOLOFT: you should rest, irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex/FLONASE and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. I avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening sinusitis and potentially rupturing ear drum. ...Read more

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I have a red rash on the head of my penis because of rubbing myself next to my partner inside of a swimming pool there was no intercourse, serious?

I have a red rash on the head of my penis because of rubbing myself next to my partner inside of a swimming pool there was no intercourse, serious?

No: This sounds like an abrasion injury/rash caused by your pool games. This should resolve in time. You may try using topical antibiotic creams to prevent infection. Keep, it clean, rest it, and let it heal in time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do I get itchy, blotchy red skin in response to chill, like when stepping out of a swimming pool into a breeze- sign of compromised immune system?

Why do I get itchy, blotchy red skin in response to chill, like when stepping out of a swimming pool into a breeze- sign of compromised immune system?

Cold Urticaria: Cold induced urticaria occurs whenever the skin is chilled, by cold air or cold water, or by direct contact with cold items like ice or a cold drink can. It is not a sign of immunocompromise. ...Read more

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I heard that swimming can dry your skin due to the chlorine in it. Why do ppl hate getting drying skin?

I heard that swimming can dry your skin due to the chlorine in it. Why do ppl hate getting drying skin?

Most people don't: Like it when thier skin becomes severely dry. Dryness can be unattractive. Dryness can cause itching, burning skin and sometimes the skin might crack or bleed. ...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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Does the chlorine in pools aggravate asthma? I seem to get asthma attacks more when swimming than when doing other exercise.

Does the chlorine in pools aggravate asthma? I seem to get asthma attacks more when swimming than when doing other exercise.

Chlorine in pools: Yes, chlorine in pools can definitely be a chemical irritant not only for asthma, but also for nasal and sinus conditions and can lead to sinusitis that also can trigger asthma. So it's potentially a problem two ways. A lot of pools are being converted to salt water mixes that require a lot fewer chemicals. If you own the pool, you could check into that. It never hurts to bring up the possibility. ...Read more

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I went to the pool 8 hrs ago. I haven't went swimming many months ago. I have a really bad headache. Could it be the chlorine or something else?

I went to the pool 8 hrs ago. I haven't went swimming many months ago. I have a really bad headache. Could it be the chlorine or something else?

Could be the trigger: Chlorine and other chemicals used for cleaning/maitaining the pool can trigger a migraine headache etc...Excessive chlorinated water up in the nose during the swim probably was the culprit, or it could just be coincidence. If you never had headache before, and if this does not get better, consult doc...
Oct excedrine etc. May help...
Good luck.. ...Read more

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Hello, I am suffering from urticaria for last 3 years...and probably this occurred due to Chlorine present in swimming pools...I masturbate thrice a d?

Hello, I am suffering from urticaria for last 3 years...and probably this occurred due to Chlorine present in swimming pools...I masturbate thrice a d?

Unlikely: Neither the chlorine in the pool or your masturbation is causing your hives. Have you consulted an allergist to get an evaluation since there are many types of hives and many causes for hives. Most hives can be controlled although the cause may never be known despite exhaustive studies. ...Read more

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Pain in my nipples after swimming at the pool with chlorine bleach?

Allergy: Painful nipples can be due to drying and or allergic reaction to swim suit etc. When the chlorine content is high in water/other chemicals then there is pain and irritation in sensitive areas. If her pain does not subside visit your doctor. ...Read more

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Started swimming for 1/2 hour daily for almost 1 month. Lips become very dry, esp upper lip. Can it be caused by chlorine in the pool?

Started swimming for 1/2 hour daily for almost 1 month. Lips become very dry, esp upper lip. Can it be caused by chlorine in the pool?

Possibly: Also consider that the issue may be related to the mouth breathing that is part of swimming and medication side effects. Applying petroleum jelly AKA vaseline before you swim may help ameliorate this problem. Thank you for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent vulvar burning after swimming? I apply vaseline before swimming. I tried several pools. Can chlorine cause long-term harm?

What can be done to prevent vulvar burning after swimming? I apply vaseline before swimming. I tried several pools. Can chlorine cause long-term harm?

Vulvodynia: You can try a few more things. Vitamin a;d ointment combined with petrolatum (vaseline) could help. You can also try Hydrocortisone over the counter in an ointment form. Do not use the cream form as it contains alcohol. In terms of rx, your doc can give you a prescription for an estrogen topical medication which may help. ...Read more

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Why do our fingertips shrivel up in water (e.g. swimming pool)?

Shriveled finger tip: When sebum is washed off the skin, water is able to enter the outer layers of skin. ...Read more

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How soon after accupunture can you go in a swimming pool?

How soon after accupunture can you go in a swimming pool?

Avoid cold and: Exercise for a minimum of 4 hours. I ask my patients not to do physical workouts or to get physically cold for the remainder of the day. ...Read more