Negative Health Effects of Excessive Chlorine

Negative Health Effects of Excessive Chlorine

Chlorine has been a popular water cleaning chemical for decades and was first discussed as a purification tool as far back as the late 1800’s. This well-known chemical has helped swimming pools and spa water remain safe for human use for a long time. It’s powerful effects for killing bacteria and other pathogens have been important. 

Needless to say, chlorine also has quite a few negative aspects as well. An over exposure to chlorine can be very dangerous.  Unfortunately, it’s been linked to many health issues. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of these negative health effects of excessive chlorine and provide a few tips for how to avoid them.

Short Term Health Effects

It can be very serious when someone is exposed to too much chlorine in a swimming pool or spa. Often, you’re exposed to many negative short term health problems. This can include:

  • Bloody Nose
  • Eye Irritation or burning
  • Chest Pain
  • Coughing
  • Burning or irritated skin
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Burning Lungs and many more problematic symptoms of overexposure to chlorine

These symptoms can occur while you’re still in the pool water or just after you exit the pool or spa. If you start experiencing any of these symptoms after swimming, you may need to see a doctor.

Prevention and Treatment

If you experience any symptoms of overexposure to chlorine after swimming, it’s important to immediately rinse your skin and eyes with fresh water and go see a doctor right away. 

To prevent being exposed to too much chlorine while swimming:

  • Wear goggles to protect your eyes
  • Keep your mouth closed so you don’t ingest pool water
  • Check your pool’s chlorine levels frequently
  • Avoid pools that smell strongly of chlorine
  • Shower after swimming

Additionally using Waters Choice products will drastically reduce the amount of harsh chemicals that you need to avoid in your pool.  Our enzymes are great for limiting your exposure to chlorine as well.

Again, being exposed to too much chlorine can be very detrimental for your health.  Make sure to be aware of over chlorinated pools and spas.  If you would like to learn more about how Waters Choice can make your pool and spa water healthy and fresh, contact us today.

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