If swimming pools bring you out in hives, you may wonder what on earth's going on!
The itchy, bumpy, sore rash might look like a nasty virus or bacterial infection, but don't worry, it's not infectious!
Chlorine rash is simply irritant contact dermatitis, a reaction to the harsh chemicals used to treat the water of public swimming pools. It's not a virus, an infection or an allergic reaction.
Chlorine can trigger an inflammatory response, histamine release and subsequent itching, spots and raised areas of skin, but it should subside within a few days without any long-term harm or danger to anyone else.
Of course, chlorine is not the only possible culprit for a post-dip rash: check out Why Do I Get A Rash When I Go Swimming? for other possible causes, and always check it out with a doctor if you're worried.
For more information about looking after your skin when swimming, see our article on The Best Natural Treatment For Chlorine Rash.
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