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How To Minimize Chlorine Exposure While Swimming

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We are very much concerned about the amount of chlorine in our drinking water, but have you ever thought how much of it will be present in a swimming pool?

Did you know that swimming in a chlorinated pool will increase the risk of cancer? These pools as well as chlorinated water release chloromines, which is a gas that you might have smelt in hotels and pools.

how to minimize chlorine exposure when swimming

Sweat, sunscreen, urine and other chemicals combine with chlorine to form chloromine. This oxidised chlorine gas is present in the air around chlorinated pools and is not good news for our health.

This gas can cause adverse health effects like cough and sinus irritation. It may also cause other effects like wheezing and asthma symptoms.

Chlorine has a significant effect on children with allergies and asthmatic patients. This article is all you need to know how to minimize the exposure to chlorine when swimming.

It also helps you find out how to protect your skin from chlorine in a pool. Continue reading to find out how to protect yourself from chlorinated water.


1. Use Vitamin C:

Vitamin C helps in neutralizing chlorine and also undo the damage of chlorine exposure. Taking Vitamin C internally also helps in reducing damage that is caused by chlorine exposure.


2. Avoid Chlorinated Pools:

There are certain local indoor pools that use salt and UV filters. These pools do not use chlorine.


3. Protect The Skin:

Protecting your skin by using an oil will reduce chlorine exposure. You can also make your homemade dechlorinating lotion for this purpose.


4. Other Option:

You can use a sunscreen mixed with a powder of Vitamin C. This helps with minimizing the damage caused by chlorine as well as it provides sun protection. So, if you have been wondering what to apply on skin before swimming, you have got the answer.

Read more about: vitamin c, sunscreen
Story first published: Friday, February 17, 2017, 20:30 [IST]
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