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Can swimming in a chlorine pool cause a rash between your legs?


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2015-07-16 18:59:25
2015-07-16 18:59:25

Yes, you can get a rash from a pool. People with sensitive skin can have an allergic reaction to the chemicals in the pool. I noticed when I swim in a pool with high chlorine levels, I break out horribly within hours. They tend to be red blotchy rashes that itch tremendously. I went to the doctor and she said what happens is the chlorine or other chemicals dry out the skin and cause an eczema based rash. You can get creams to get rid of the rashes, like I have Fluticasone Pronionate Cream at .05% and it takes away the rash within a day at the least. Cortizone is also a really good cream. If not, it usually takes 7-10 days to get rid of on it's own.

There are ways to prevent it as well. Putting Vaseline on the areas you know will be irritated before swimming with help prevent it. Make sure you shower right after you swim and use any soap. My doctor said to use Dove preferably because it's a milder soap and won't affect the already irritated area. If you don't have time to shower, at least do a rinse to get the chlorine off. Don't let it sit on your skin for hours, as it drys out the skin and then the rash will appear. I also wash my hair twice with any soap because that chlorinated water can drip down onto your back and may also cause a rash. I know you can also prevent it by buying over the counter creams to put on before and after you swim.

It's key you shower after and use a lotion after the shower, that's if you don't want a rash.

Maybe, but not likely.

Chlorine is used in swimming pools as a sanitizer - to kill unwanted orgranisms (mostly germs like bacteria and plants like algae). Millions and millions of people swim comfortably in chlorine treated water every yeary with no problems.

However, a few people are sensitive to chlorine and the reactions can vary widely. But it is impossible to tell you, one way or the other, if chlorine caused the rash between your legs.

Here's a few things to consider: Have you had this problem before? Was it after swimming? Could it be from your activity in the water (swimming, horsing around, whatever)? Does your swimsuit rub or chafe in the area of the rash? Does it recur if you go swimming again?

Yes! I think it may be due to low chlorine levels or pH that is off. I get the little bumps between the legs (the bumps always start there) often from the YMCA pool, but other pools don't do this to me at all. I discussed with the YMCA Aquatics Director. He admits he gets the rash too, as do some others. He attributes it to overuse of the pool which can change the pH levels. I'm off to research the topic further. Let me know if you find out anything as well.

Yes it does cause a rash between legs and rib cage under the arms for cretin people. I have found no cure for this but there are a few ways to help prevent the rash. Try a few of my suggestions. rub Vaseline on areas that get the rash prior to swimming Shower immedely after swimming do not stay in a wet suit. There are over the counter soaps and shampoos that are for chlorine (swimaway) If you have a bad case like my son use an antihistamines (Clairton, Benedeil..) take this 1 hr prior to swimming. there is a Pre-swimming lotion called DermaSwim pro but I have not used it yet.

Is the pool you are swimming in a public pool? Where I live, our public pool is required to take a weekly water sample and have it tested for pseudomonas--a bacteria that can cause rashes in the areas where your suit fits tightly against the body, such as shoulders, crotch, waistline (men's suits), etc. Do you use a hot tub that uses bromine as its disinfectant? You may be allergic to the bromine. More people are allergic to this than chlorine.

It's much more likely that your water is unbalanced. If your pH, alkalinity or calcium level is off, the water can definitely irritate your skin and eyes.

My inlaws have a pool and it seems that any children that swim there get a rash in the crotch area and under arms. It does not seem to affect the adults. My children swim in other pools and it does not bother them. It has to be a chemical imbalance of some sort.

Having a properly balanced pool is not difficult, but it does take work.

I'm the pool operator at our local YMCA and keeping an 80,000 gallon pool balanced is pretty easy, once you all the elements in place and know what you're doing.

Chlorine 3.5-4.5, alkalinity 80-100, pH 7.6-7.8, not 7.2, hardness 150-250, not up to 400.

You have to stay on top of it because the chlorine can go down in a matter of hours if no one properly checks it.

Just be sure your getting the right info. The index most pool operators use comes from public water systems, not from pools.

Also, be sure the public pool you attend follows the proper procedures for pool closures and decontamination.

I know of a few that just scoop out what they can, check the chlorine, and call it good.

Swimmer beware.


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