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Chlorine in swimming pools--info

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I found out some info! emoticon

The itchy bumps are not an allergy to chlorine. The reaction is because chlorine is a chemical irritant to the skin. So washing off and rinsing WELL after a swim is very important.

Putting on oils or lotions before swimming is not a good idea.
The filter system won't work correctly. Our pool requires a shower before getting in. I was there once when the filter system was over burdened from 50 people in the pool. The water was scummy. It was not pleasant at all.

After a good shower put on moisturizing lotion. Certain brands are better than others. I am still looking for the best ones. I apparently need to buy a better one. I only end up with one or 2 little red itchy bumps. But I need to stop even that. To get lotion on my back , I bring a long handled brush ! It is the only way I can reach my back. emoticon

Vitamin C neutralizes the chlorine. I had not heard that before. Thanks for that information.
Do creams contain Vitamin C?

Chlorine pools can turn treated hair a greenish color emoticon and leave a sticky coating. Since I am not immersed in the water, that has not happened. When I did laps years ago, my hairdresser knew when I'd been swimming regularly!

Thank you for all your suggestions. I am relieved it is not an allergy. I would not want to have to give up my water aerobic classes! It is the very best exercise for my achy body. emoticon

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    So glad you found out what was wrong and all these suggestions of what to do. Hope you find the magic combination that helps, Chris.
    1800 days ago
    Love my Aqua Fit Classes...all pools have some chlorine...ours is a salt water pool but still has some chlorine. Take the vitamin C internally will help on the outside. I used to stay in the pool for hours and started breaking out. Some where I read the ph might be wrong. The pool there was not taken care of very well. One time while I was in the pool the man threw a bunch of broken chlorine tablets in there with me....said it would not hurt me......anyway we have a great ...well cared for pool in our Wellness Center. Do wash off good after your swim and lotion yourself down good. Enjoy. emoticon
    1801 days ago
    Thanks for the tips. I love to swim underwater, but don't want to ruin my processed hair. I will have to think about keeping it covered or keeping my head out of water during the aerobics classes. We used to be required to shower before getting in the pool and of course getting out. We also had a heavily chlorinated foot bath, but that was eliminated years ago. The kids buy expensive lotions for my birthday. So I am all set with the lotions. I am so excited to start classes.
    1801 days ago
    I don't get my hair wet in chlorine pools as I am blond and don't want green hair.I would prefer a salt water pool but at this point..I just wish I had a pool to swim in.
    1801 days ago
    I don't get bumps, but my skin can get very dry. I am not sure if it is the chlorine or the water or the soap when I shower later. My daughter had hives as a child at the Y's pool. The chlorine level was too high that day. Good luck. I love the pool.
    1802 days ago
    1802 days ago
    My son is very sensitive to it. I wish we had a salt-water pool or had access to one. I've heard that the amino acid Taurine helps to detox chlorine from the body...unfortunately, I don't know specifics. TWEETYKCOO, I thought vitamin C actually gave you loose stools and didn't plug you up.

    Interesting information, CTUPTON. emoticon
    1802 days ago
    I'm sorry I missed your first blog about this problem. I had it in the winter when I started going to the pool daily. I finally had to shower with a moisturizing soap AFTER the pool. Then put Eucerin lotion on my legs and back. Weird that that's where my bumps appeared. I'm fine now, as long as I take that shower afterwards.

    BTW: my hairdresser says getting your hair wet in the shower and applying a little conditioner will help your hair if you routinely get your head wet while swimming in chlorine. She SAID hair can't absorb more moisture, so getting it wet with regular water actually protects your hair from the chorine.

    Does that make sense to you? Does seem to help, though!!
    1802 days ago
    I make my own lotion blend that is wonderful, cheap and has a very light scent. Use 16 oz walmart cheap baby lotion, 8 oz walmart cheap vasaline and 8 oz vitamin E cream ---mix all up and put in containers. Sounds like it would be greasy, but it is not. All ingredients are hypoallergenic. My sister, who is allergic to everything, can use it without issue.
    1802 days ago
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    1802 days ago
    Glad you have the answers .. I used to do laps and water aerobics . But never got the itches .. Hugs and Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1803 days ago
    So glad you got some answers... I guess you can now tell I'm NOT a swimmer, LOL!
    1803 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this information - it has been a discussion among the women in my water classes.
    1803 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Glad that You found some answers that will help You. Continue Your Swimming Classes. The classes will help You with your over all health. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Fantastic day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1803 days ago
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    Thinking of you with love and Prayers
    One day at a time
    1803 days ago
    Vitamin C is asorbic acid. Many beauty products contain this. And a lot of swim-specific shampoos and soaps contain it already.
    1803 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Glad you are getting some answers. Many years ago (teenager) I ended up with that green hair-I was mortified.
    1803 days ago
    glad you found some answers
    1803 days ago
    How warm is your pool?.
    I used to swim laps 6 days a week but after the new Y was built they dropped the temperature so I do not swim any more. Not even in our own UNHEATED pool. Pat in Maine. emoticon for the information. Loved your pansies I blogged about mine and my gnomes with pictures PAT. emoticon emoticon
    1803 days ago
    Vitamin c is good for you, but in some cases it can plug you up, so check on how much you take. I don't think that creams will have that one, some have vitamin d I think. A cream without scent or color might be best for irritated skin. There are a few good ones that I know of that are in alot of stores that might be good to help your skin.
    1803 days ago
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