What You Should Know About Chlorine Sensitivity

Imagine swimming in the pool on a sunny afternoon; what an excellent way to have fun, exercise and bond with family and friends. Unfortunately, this exciting atmosphere can leave your skin feeling itchy, miserable and rashy.

What You Should Know About Chlorine Sensitivity

What Is Chlorine Sensitivity?

Chlorine is a chemical used for killing harmful microorganisms in water, including bacteria, algae and fungus. This chemical can also damage the outer layers of your skin, leading to uncomfortable symptoms; this is called chlorine sensitivity. Common signs of chlorine sensitivity include:

  • Sneezing, wheezing and coughing
  • Chapped or dry skin
  • Sores or blisters
  • Itchiness, tenderness, redness or inflammation in the skin
  • Bumps or hives on your body
  • Rash or skin lesions

How Can You Prevent this Condition?

Here are different ways you can employ to limit uncomfortable symptoms due to chlorine sensitivity.

Limit exposure to chlorine

Chlorine sensitivity is more common in people who spend many hours in the pool, such as professional swimmers and swim coaches. If you’re prone to the adverse effects of chlorine, it’s advisable to take short breaks when swimming to let your skin heal and recover.

Build a barrier

Before entering the pool, apply a thin layer of oil on the skin to create a barrier that protects your skin from the ill effects of chlorine and other irritants. Some of these oils include almond, avocado, coconut, or jojoba oil. A thin layer of ointment or Vaseline will offer the same results. Similarly, you can apply a natural balm on your lips to prevent chlorine sensitivity.

Take a shower before jumping into the pool

Did you know some cosmetic products, including lotions, can react with chlorine, resulting in uncomfortable symptoms? Before getting into the pool, taking a shower can help wash off these substances and prevent adverse reactions. Again, wetting your skin minimizes the amount of chlorine getting into contact with your skin.

Take a shower after exiting the pool

A simple rinse after swimming may not eliminate chlorine on your skin. After exiting the pool, wash your skin with soap and clean water. When pool water dries, it leaves patches of chlorine on your skin, which can cause chlorine sensitivity.

Maintain optimum chlorine levels in the pool water

Most cases of chlorine sensitivity arise because of high concentrations of chlorine. Keeping chlorine levels in check can help prevent these unwanted effects. The ideal concentrations range from 1ppm to 3ppm.

Wear goggles and a swim cap

This protective gear prevents chlorinated water from reaching your eyes and hair.

Take the proper steps to prevent chlorine sensitivity. For extra information, contact us today. At Aquanomics Pools, we’ll meet all your swimming-related issues, including pool repair maintenance, pool cleaning and maintaining correct chlorine levels.