After swimming: that’s where the red pustules come from

A visit to the outdoor pool is as much a part of summer as ice cream and sunscreen! But while most get out of the refreshed water, the torment begins for others: one chlorine allergy causes itching and red spots on the skin. Where does the rash come from and what to do about it?

Chlorine allergy: what helps against the unpleasant rash?

How does a chlorine allergy develop?

In the case of an allergic reaction, the body mistakes a really harmless substance for dangerous. He fights apparent danger like a pathogen. This creates an inflammatory reaction, e.g. B. Rash.

The situation is different with a chlorine allergy: chlorine is actually present in high concentrations harmful to us. It can irritate the skin, the mucous membranes and the respiratory tract. However, the level of chlorine in swimming pools is so low that while it kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi, it does not cause problems for most people.

if you think sensitive skin or your airways are easily irritated, an allergic reaction may occur. Allergy sufferers and people suffering from asthma or neurodermatitis are particularly affected.

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What are the typical symptoms?

An allergy to chlorine can manifest itself in many ways. The skin is usually affected. Contact dermatitis occurs. This is expressed by:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • Itch
  • pustules
  • feeling of dryness and tension
Woman scratching her back due to chlorine allergy
In the case of a chlorine allergy, the skin also reacts with redness and a rash. Photo: Imago / old stock photo

But the eyes can also be affected. Comes to:

An allergy to chlorine can also affect the respiratory system. Those affected may then suffer from:

  • Cough
  • Sneeze
  • respiratory problems

danger: If symptoms worsen and possibly even lead to circulatory problems and shortness of breath, a doctor should be called.

What to do about the rash

if you are low recurring and severe symptoms If you suffer from a chlorine allergy, only one thing helps: Avoid chlorinated water. As an alternative to the pool, you can go swimming in the lake or the sea.

People with less severe symptoms can try the following:

  1. Prefer open-air swimming pools and open-air swimming pools: In closed pools the air contains more chlorine. Anyone who reacts primarily with irritated airways should swim outside if possible.
  2. shower after swimming: Thoroughly! This will wash the chlorine off her skin. Rashes that manifest as pustules or welts can possibly be prevented in this way.
  3. Apply lotion after shower.: Especially if you have sensitive skin, care is the most important thing. A rich cream protects your skin from dryness and prevents irritation.

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