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Chlorine in the Swimming Pool Trigger Allergy and Asthma

Updated on September 27, 2012

Swimming is an activity that is fun and can make the body relax. But a study shows that, swimming in a pool containing chlorine can increase the likelihood of a child developing asthma and allergies.

When used properly, chlorine is an efficient and safe disinfectant for swimming pools. However, if too much chlorine is added to the water or accumulated in the indoor air swimming pool, will caused irritation of the organs of the swimmers which contact in with the water and the air. There is now increasing evidence that the effects of this irritation can damage the airways regular swimmers, especially children who are most vulnerable and most often swim in a chlorinated pool.

From this study compared the health of 733 teenagers aged 13 to 18 who swim in the chlorinated pool, compared with 114 control teenagers swimming in sanitation pool .

In children who are sensitive to allergies, swim in the chlorinated pool significantly improve the relationship between asthma and respiratory allergies.

In addition, the sensitive teenager who has a chance of 3.3 to 6.6 times higher risk of fever if the dip in the chlorinated swimming pool and allergic rhinitis increased by 2.2 to 3.5 times if you swim more than 1,000 hours in the pool contain chlorine.

For example, children and teenagers who swim in the chlorinated pool for 100 to 500 hours of her/his life, got 22 out of 369 children, or by 6 percent had asthma. While that is less than 100 hours is only 2 out of 144 children or 1.8 percent. Number of children who had asthma will increase along with increasing the number of hours of swimming. While in the sanitation swimming pool does not affect the risk of asthma and allergies.

Researchers believe that the cause is the chlorine which can be dangerous in the water or flying through the air at the surface of the pool, thus causing changes in the respiratory tract. For those who have sensitive skin is also highly susceptible to allergies due to direct contact with the chlorine in the swimming pool.

This data clearly shows that the bather irritation in the airways of chlorination products contained in the water and air swimming pool can cause a strong additive effect on the development of asthma and respiratory allergies such as allergic rhinitis.

Before swimming in a pool containing chlorine, should find out beforehand whether the child has sensitive skin and have a history of asthma in the family or not. So it does not cause the condition becomes more severe.

This result does not advise parents to stop their kids take a swim, even if they already have asthma. "If your children have asthma and you know that chlorine is a trigger, better to try to limit their exposure, you can not exclude your child from everything and every potential trigger. You have to let them being a children."


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      Jayvee 2 years ago

      I'll try to put this to good use imeatiedmly.