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Is Swimming Daily in a Chlorinated Pool Safe?

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Handling chlorine can be riskier than swimming daily in a chlorinated pool.

Too much chlorine in pool water can cause problems. There is a much greater risk though of inhaling some chlorine in powder form or touching the chemical with your bare hands. People who handle the pool chemicals can be safer by wearing rubber gloves and long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed shoes instead of sandals. It there is a strong breeze, it is best to wait for a calmer day to put chlorine into the pool.

If you accidentally inhale some chlorine or some goes into your eyes, rinse these body parts for at least 5 minutes. Get medical care immediately because if you are treated immediately, this type of chlorine expose is not as dangerous as if you wait to seek medical help.

A balanced pool may be safe to swim in daily.

There are some things that you can do to ensure your safety in your home or neigborhood pool. One thing to do is to wear goggles so that the chlorine does not burn your eyes. Chlorine can enter your body through your eyes, and burns to the eyes from chlorine may need to be rinsed thoroughly and treated by a doctor if the burn is severe.

There are many choices of vitamin C sprays that can be ordered online. You can also buy these at a health food store. These sprays remove chlorine from the skin and hair. If you wet all of your skin, hair, and scalp, you can also shampoo your hair and shower after returning home.

Swimmers have a potentially dangerous acid in their urine from chlorine.

According to WebMD News Archive, swimmers' urine shows a dangerous by-product of chlorine called haloacetic acids (Haas) in their urine within 30 minutes of swimming. Although chlorine kills bacteria in pool water, the long-term effects are really not fully understood. High levels of chlorine in drinking water are linked to birth defects and cancer.

A study that looked at chlorine side effects in volunteers after swimming found that swallowing pool water was responsible for 90% of the HAA exposure. Some was absorbed through the skin as well.

Source: WebMD Archives; http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/20110729/do-pools-expose-swimmers-...

 

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