According to recent reports, one of the chemicals that the body absorbs from swimming pools is chlorine. Absorbing chlorine may result in making your eyes red, drying your skin and making it itchy, and turning your hair color green. Aside from this, chlorine can create byproducts that are more serious and dangerous than chlorine when it reacts with skin, hair, and other organic matter left in the swimming pool.
What you can get from too much exposure to swimming pool chemicals
Some of the health problems that you can get when using a pool with unbalanced levels of chemicals for long periods of time include the following:
- Altering of hormones in boys – Recent reports have revealed that boys who use a chemically-unbalanced pool for more than 30 minutes are likely to get altered hormones, which may result in various health problems.
- Asthma – Studies have proven that using swimming pools with high levels of chlorine increases the risk of developing asthma in kids.
- Respiratory diseases – Another study showed evidence that pool workers handling too much chlorine are 40% more likely to develop respiratory diseases.
- Intestinal problems – Chlorine that is absorbed by the body and is accidentally drunk while swimming may cause harmful damage to the good bacteria in the digestive tract. This can result to a wide range of stomach problems and disorders.
So how can you prevent these from happening? Here are some useful tips to help you protect yourself and your family against the harmful effects of an improper balance of pool chemicals.
- Refrain from using indoor swimming pools. Chlorine in these types of pools are likely to move and stay just above the water as it has nowhere to vent. This makes chlorine much easier to be absorbed and taken into the body.
- Follow the signs that say you have to rinse yourself with water before entering the swimming pool. Most people believe that this sign is for those who are dirty and that the purpose of this is to limit the waste getting in to the pool. On the other hand, this sign is also necessary for drenching and saturating yourself with clean water before going into a heavily chlorinated pool. Keep in mind that our bodies are like sponges. When it has absorbed enough clean water, there will not be any room left for the chlorine.
- Apply a healthy amount of coconut oil on your hair and skin to add an extra layer of protection from harmful chemicals. The skin already has a layer of protection called the acid mantle but it is relatively thin and is easily stripped away when using soap or swimming in a chlorinated pool.
- Spray yourself with vitamin C dissolved in water before jumping into the pool. It has been found that vitamin C actually neutralizes chlorine.
These chemicals are an important aspect of every swimming pool to ensure a longer life span and that the water will remain at the right level. So be sure you know how to handle and manage these chemicals.
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