Pool Chemicals and Your Health

by Pool Builders on 08-07-2011 in Articles

Your health is very important, which is why you should take the utmost care so you won't get sick. One of the ways to keep your body healthy is to regularly exercise. If you like low-impact exercises then swimming or water exercises is what you want to consider engaging in. The water allows your body to become buoyant thus giving less stress to your bones but giving you just enough resistance to tone and firm the muscles.

All you have to remember is that you should properly warm-up your body in case you do intend to do some serious strokes around the pool or even do some exercise routines. If this is your first time to exercise in the pool then you may want to begin your routine with a warm-up exercise such as: head, arm, shoulder, and ankle rotations; stretching exercises; and breathing exercises. Don't forget to do cool-down exercises after you have done your exercise or swimming routine for the day.

Whether you are using your own swimming pool or using a public pool for fun or exercise purposes, the use of swimming pool chemicals makes the water safe for swimming because it cleans and sanitizes. On the other hand, the same pool chemicals can trigger allergic reactions on your body so you need to also be careful particularly if you are using a public swimming pool. Of course, having your own swimming pool does not necessarily mean that you are free of the possibility of exhibiting allergic reactions, the only difference here compared to a public swimming pool, is that you get to change the chemicals in the swimming pool as often as you want or you can even try and decrease the volume of the chemicals applied. In case you do swim in a public pool, try to look for pools that use different swimming pool chemicals other than what you usually use.

Once you have begun to exhibit allergic symptoms such as shortness of breath, skin itchiness, swollen eyes, and clogged nostrils it is best to seek the help of a professional in identifying what triggered the allergy. You may need to reduce the amount of the chemical that you are applying to the pool water or you may need to completely change the type of chemicals that you are using. For example, if you have been found to be allergic to chlorine, you can replace it with bromine or other disinfecting solutions.

If you have a moderate or severe allergic reaction, it would best to avoid getting in the pool again until after your doctor has identified the cause of your allergy. This will help be sure that the water in the swimming pool is indeed the culprit, you can now take the necessary steps to ensure that it does not happen again.

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