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