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Doctor insights on: Is It Okay To Swim In A Chlorinated Pool If You Have Blepharitis

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Does the chlorine in pools irritate if you have blepharitis?

Does the chlorine in pools irritate if you have blepharitis?

Either way: Chlorine in pools is irritating to the eyes. It does not matter if you have blepharitis or completely normal eyes. I recommend if you swim regularly that you obtain a good pair of goggles, and you can smear a little skin cream on the rubber barrier inside of the goggle eyepieces to insure a good seal. Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) (Definition)

A chronic irritation of the eyelids, which causes redness and matting of the eyelids. It has a variety of causes, ranging from allergy and infection to irritation, as well as skin cancers. It is the most common eye disease. ...Read more


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Is it okay to swim in a chlorinated pool the day that you get several second degree burns, some open and some not?

Is it okay to swim in a chlorinated pool the day that you get several second degree burns, some open and some not?

Swim with burns?: Best not to. Keep skin clean (brief warm soapy water once daily) and moist (light ointment or moisturizer) for 3-5 days. Cover with non stick bandage if need be. If not healed by then, or if any questions about the depth of the burn, see your physician. Use sunblock! Read more

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Is it okay to swim in a chlorinated swimming pool while having an open anal fistula? It is leaking pus, and is open to the outside.

Is it okay to swim in a chlorinated swimming pool while having an open anal fistula? It is leaking pus, and is open to the outside.

No, not OK: You definitely should stay out of public swimming pools until this problem is healed. Although chorination provides some prevention for others, it cannot protect against the large amount of contamination expected from this kind of wound. You must not put others at risk. Read more

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Can I swim in a chlorinated pool with sun burn?

Can I swim in a chlorinated pool with sun burn?

Sun burn: You could, but if severe I would give it a little time. Read more

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Is it safe to swim in a chlorinated pool during pregnancy?

Is it safe to swim in a chlorinated pool during pregnancy?

Yes: It is perfectly safe to swim in a pool during pregnancy, avoid using a hot tub though because the heat isn't good for you. Read more

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I just had an ingrown toenail removed and was not informed of post-op treatment. Should I soak it in water/bleach? Can I swim in a chlorinated pool?

I just had an ingrown toenail removed and was not informed of post-op treatment. Should I soak it in water/bleach? Can I swim in a chlorinated pool?

Depending on when: It was performed, soaking in warm water and epsom salt, dry, apply triple antibiotic ointment and band aide during the 1st week. Most give post op instructions. Read more

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Why would I suddenly be allergic to chlorinated swimming pools?

Why would I suddenly be allergic to chlorinated swimming pools?

Describe symptoms: Please tell us what actually bothers you. The chlorine in pools acts as irritants and not allergens but there is no way to answer your question without knowing what actually ails you. Read more

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How old should my infant be before going in a chlorinated pool?

How old should my infant be before going in a chlorinated pool?

After six months: Please do not over chlorinate a pool if yours. Public pools by necessity are highly chlorinated. Some people get a rash by being exposed to this cleaner. Don't over do it, and make sure the child is slathered with water-proof (actually, will last longer in water, only) spf 30 sunscreen a hat helps chidren from the light reflected from water. 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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I swam in a freshly chlorinated pool with an open wound nowith it is greenIsh yellow and has redness surrounding it what do I do?

I swam in a freshly chlorinated pool with an open wound nowith it is greenIsh yellow and has redness surrounding it what do I do?

See a doctor.: Go to a wound care / urgent care center & have the open wound looked at by a physician. It may be infected. It may be an "irritant" reaction to the chemicals in the pool. Discuss ALL of your symptoms, including any fevers, sweating, etc. With your doctor. The soon you start PROPER treatment, the sooner the wound should close. You can use HealthTap Prime as well, but an in-person visit is preferred Read more

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If I have vaginal burning, can swimming in a chlorinated pool be bad or make it burn more? And also how can I fix the burning? Any home remedies?

If I have vaginal burning, can swimming in a chlorinated pool be bad or make it burn more? And also how can I fix the burning? Any home remedies?

Burning: Swimming in a chlorinated pool can certainly make it worse. However, it's important to make sure you don't have an infection like a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. Other causes could be sensitivity to something you are using for laundry or hygiene. I'd recommend staying out of the pool for now and getting checked out. Read more

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Can we go swimming in a chlorinated pool or in the ocean with a bleeding hemorhoid?

Can we go swimming in a chlorinated pool or in the ocean with a bleeding hemorhoid?

You have already: Received medical advice. However, from the perspective of a former life guard - we ask people not to swim in public pools with any open lesions. Read more

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I hv eczema but no one in my family ever had eczema. It started after sitting 5-6 hours in the swimming pool. Chlorinated water is d cause?? Pls tell

I hv eczema but no one in my family ever had eczema. It started after sitting 5-6 hours in the swimming pool. Chlorinated water is d cause?? Pls tell

Eczema unlikely: Eczema is primarily a problem with the immune system or microscopic structural problem within the skin. It can certainly worsen (all of a sudden) in older people due to infection or contact exposure or other triggers. Your description sounds more consistent with irritant skin reaction or an infection. A physical exam by a physician will go a long way toward finding the right treatment. Read more

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Is it safe if a pregnant woman regularly swims in a chlorinated pool with the strong smell of chlorine?

Is it safe if a pregnant woman regularly swims in a chlorinated pool with the strong smell of chlorine?

Probably: I do not know of any data to suggest that pregnant women are harmed (fetus harmed) by swimming regularly in chlorinated water! Read more

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Been swimming in a highly chlorinated pool this weekend, now I have a headache, my body hurts, And a low fever. Could it be from germs in the pool?

Been swimming in a highly chlorinated pool this weekend, now I have a headache, my body hurts, And a low fever. Could it be from germs in the pool?

Unlikely: If a swimming pool is "highly chlorinated", there shouldn't be germs to worry about in the water. The germs that tend to get people sick are from the other people sneezing or coughing towards you (through the air, not via the water). Also, surfaces can transmit germs in a place where there are lots of people. Such surfaces include doorknobs, railings, elevator buttons, bathroom items, etc... Read more

Eyelid Swelling (Definition)

Eyelid swelling usually refers to any condition that causes inflammation leading the eye to become "puffy" due to edema that is ...Read more