Chlorine Allergy symptoms
Chlorine is considered one of the most toxic natural substances. Chlorine is found in drinking water, swimming pools and washing detergents. We have found that some individuals tolerate chlorine levels in a swimming pool but do not tolerate the chlorine in a spa.
This would be for 2 specific reasons, firstly the chlorine in a spa is at higher concentrations which is required due to the warmer temperatures. Secondly the hooter temperature can make the skin more sensitive to the chlorine.
This allergy is rare, and occurs in individuals who are sensitive to the chlorine substance. This allergy is simply a body reaction to chlorine because the body believes it is harmful.
Like other allergies, the symptoms can cause individuals to change their way of life, because many of these symptoms are developed as the person grow older.
Individuals suffering from chlorine allergies are likely to experience respiratory problems, wheezing, coughing and sneezing, which are asthma like symptoms.
Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest are also associated with this allergy. It is common for the patient to feel suffocated.
Watery eyes are another symptom, and the most common symptom. When the patient comes into contact with chlorinated substances, the eyes become watery, itchy, painful, and red and a swelling is even experienced. Sometimes some people lose their eyelashes.
Skin dryness is normally the first symptom though, and will be detected as soon as the individual comes into contact with chlorinated substances.
The skin feels tight, itchy and turns red, and may sometimes peel. Chlorine may trigger other skin conditions such as eczema or hives which may require some treatment such as steroid cream.
Seek advise from your health professional if your conditions persist.
Nausea is a common allergy symptom, and it also manifests itself in chlorine allergies.
Nausea is more often than not accompanied with vomiting, especially if the quantity id chlorine one is exposed to is high. This symptom is not necessarily a sign of chlorine allergy, and it is best to visit a doctor first to have the allergy confirmed.
Nausea may cause the individual to feel delusional and dizzy.
Itching is also another common symptom of chlorine allergy, often occurring within an hour of exposure.
The itching is caused by lesions or swellings on the skin that are sometimes dry or watery. Chlorine allergy sometimes manifests itself in itching around the armpits and the groin area.
Chlorine generally irritates most people to varying degrees.
It is important for the allergy to be tested and confirmed first. Once the allergic reaction occurs, especially on the skin, it is best to wash the area with plenty of water and then apply a soothing cream.
It is also important to keep the chlorine levels in swimming pools balanced, and to shower before and after every swim.
Often times, individuals with this allergy to chlorine water develop swimmer’s sinuses after swimming especially in a public pool.
This is stuffiness in the nose. It can be treated by inhaling Eucalyptus oil boiled in water, drinking plenty of water, or using a nasal spray.
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