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What Does Chlorine Rash Look Like?

Swimmer chlorine rash

Are you wondering whether the itchy rash you've noticed after swimming might be do to with the chlorinated water of the pool?

Chlorine is an irritant substance; it's added to pools as a disinfectant to reduce the growth of harmful bacteria, but can cause quite bad irritation to skin. This isn't an allergic reaction; it's a kind of contact dermatitis triggered by the chemicals in the water.

chlorine rash

What are the symptoms of chlorine rash?
  • dry, flaky or chapped skin
  • itchiness
  • bumps or spots
  • burning sensations
  • blisters or sores
  • swollen skin
  • hives or rashes
  • soreness

hives chlorine rash

Symptoms obviously vary from person to person, but chlorine rash comes on after contact with chlorinated water, and should disappear within a few days. If you're worried about the rash worsening, or if your breathing is affected, then consult a doctor.

For more information, see our article on How To Protect Skin From Chlorine Rash


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This article is not written by medical professionals, it is based on opinion and publicly available information. For medical advice please contact your healthcare professional.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2020

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