The Swimming-Asthma Connection

Cynthia Dermody
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swimming pools and asthma linked

Half of you are probably done with swimming for the year and are more focused on carving pumpkins and candy corn right now, but here's an interesting tidbit that's still important if you do aquatics year-round or at a gym:

Swimming in outdoor or indoor chlorinated pools can increase the chance you or your kids will have asthma and even allergies.

A Belgium study suggests that while chlorine is effective at killing pathogens in pools, it also irritates the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract of swimmers. So those fumes don't just smell bad. They actually cause changes to the upper airways that promote the development of certain allergic diseases.

[Cough, cough.]

Children who swam in chlorinated pools had a higher risk of asthma, as well as other allergic diseases such as hay fever and allergic rhinitis. They compared kids who dipped in in chlorinated pools versus those who swam in pools sanitized with a concentration of copper and silver.

I've been hearing a lot about silver as an natural antibacterial lately. Apparently silver and copper are popular pool disinfectants in Europe, but the recommendation hasn't paddled its way across the pond yet. Chlorine is still the bug-killer of choice in American pools.

Not sure what to think about this one as I get my kids ready for their swim lessons later this afternoon ...

Have you noticed a connection in your family between swimming in pools and bad allergies or asthma?

 

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