This is another allergy question not a reply to the above. I swim in an indoor municipal pool during winter and suffer dreadful sinusitis as a result. My nose is almost completely blocked and I've lost the ability to smell and taste food. During summer we move to an outdoor pool or the sea and although I sneeze for the first 15 minutes or so after leaving the water I don't have a long term problem. Does anybody have any suggestions for overcoming this problem? I stopped swimming in the indoor pol last week but the blocked nose won't go away.
I recently joined an AquArobics class 3x per week. It's a Saline pool at a senior housing center. About an hour after I get out and shower an itch starts on my lower legs, small bumps that drive you insane it's that itchy. I use a cortizone cream which helps very little, and after three applications in a matter of a half hour it calms down. In the middle of the night I get up several times to use creams again. the next day it's ok. Since I excercise every other day I am relieved for one day only. I plan to bring this up to my doctor at next visit.
Hi - I have been swimming all my life. We have an in-ground spa and for 6 years I never had any problems with skin reaction. however last summer I started having very itchy rashes from being in the spa. Strong steroid treatments worked but that was the only thing. We couldn't figure it out. We drained it for the winter, and then just filled it and opened it 2 days ago. 2 times in the clean water and it's happening again. We treat with bromine tablets which have never been a problem before. There are only 2 differences between now and the past years when I didn't have a problem: in the past our water was more acidic and we didn't keep the alkalinity as high as we should have, and second, we used a product called Sparkle Up to remove metals from the water. Could any of these be contributing? Especially since it started up right away with the just-opened spa, I'm befuddled. Thanks!
my so had a life threatening anaphalactic reaction at a pool on holiday - asthma, urticaria, oedema etc. It was so bad he was helicoptered to hospital. When I suggested to his food allergy doctor that he was allergic to chlorine her reaction was 'I don't think you can be allergic to chlorine as there's chlorine in the body(!) I wrote to an allergy specialist at the children's hospital and they said they'd never heard of it, and it was more likely to be related to something he'd eaten before. My son reacts strongly to pesticides and household cleaning products, so it appears fairly normal he'd react to pool chemicals. Chemical sensitivity is at increasingly common problem that few doctors seem to know about. Like many, I try to use 'green''cleaning products at home and buy organic food, but the issue of pool chemicals seems to be rarely addressed. From what I understand, pools that have low ceilings and are thus badly ventilated pose more of a risk - the case for many modern pools - the chemicals evaporate from the surface of the water and remain in the air - this is more likely to cause bronchial problems, but is unlikely to explain the reactions on the skin. Outdoor, salt water pools would seem to be the safest bet, but even salt water pools use other chemicals from what I understand.
I have done attended aqua-aerobic classes for years. Last August, the rashes and itching began. I tried a different pool - same result. I travel between Australia and Japan where I also attend aqua aerobics and now have the same problem with the Japan pool. I'm wondering if the formula for pool chemicals has changed as in the last six months, other friends both in Australia and Japan have developed the same problem. Monsanto, Dupont? Who manufactures these?
I've been having the same problem for over two years. Insanely itchy legs. Only my legs!!! This is a direct result of using my pool and only the pool. It can happen in some public/hotel pools and yet not at others. This summer I scratched so hard and was so desperate from the itchiness I bruised my legs and left scars on my legs from scratching so hard. I have since boycotted swimming pools in general and was going to visit an allergist; however, I discovered that a routine test will not test specifically for bromine, or some of the other suspect chemicals. I went so far as to change my traditional chlorine pool to a salt system pool. This seemed to help at the very beginning but then the uncontrollable itching on my legs returned. I do not get red bumps, nor follicle anything, nor rash or any other visible signs of rash. It itches from the inside out (if that makes any sense). The legs look and feel smooth. Later on as the days of scratching go on, what becomes visible are the scratches from my attempts to soothe the itch. I'm posting this in the hopes that someone has some info that can help as well as to help others who may be going through something similar; perhaps the information gathered can help others. Thank you for listening
I too I think I'm having an allergic to reaction in a saltwater indoor heated pool (was, in a hotel). I'm fine in my own chlorinated pool. I have been having this random itchiness and no rash, but real annoying random itchiness, back, arms, face, etc. Benadryl pills help only for 3 hours and I'm itching all over again! argh