Skin Rash Reactions to Jacuzzi and Chlorine Pools

May 03, 2010 • By • 2,064 Views

The summer season brings a lot of hot days and many head to the beach to cool off. For others, the long drives to beaches does not is not practical, so the condo pool or local swimming pool works well.  It's fun to go swimming with your family and friends especially if you are experiencing the scorching heat of ninety degree days.

There are some things to consider when you choose a swimming pool especially a public one. It's  possible that you may contract certain skin complications or rashes from them. There are different kinds of rash. If you use a jacuzzi or hot tub you may get eruptions from there. Many health clubs and condo associations have both a jacuzzi as well as a pool for swimming. There are also chlorine rash or swimmer's itch. Normally, in order to maintain a clean jacuzzi or pool to swim in it's necessary to kill unwanted bacteria. Chlorine is applied to the pool water to maintain its safety. Some people are allergic to chlorine which can result in a red rash. Other people may get a rash due to overexposure but are fine otherwise. Chlorine rash is a form of chemical contact dermatitis.

You can also react to the bacteria called pseudomonas aeruginosa. This can be present in both pools and hot tubs. It can even be on the filters in pools and resist anti-bacterial agents. The effect of this bacteria can include pimples and blisters that resembles the effect of a chickenpox. There can also be fungus and other causes of rashes. The more crowded a pool or jacuzzi is, the possibility of the anti-bacterial agent breaking down increases. Also a further complication is when the elderly or young children accidentally have urination issues in water.

Here are some precautions to prevent rashes:

Moderation is the key. Do not overexpose your skin to the pools chlorine; let it have ample rest to breathe. If you know you are allergic to chlorine then you'll need to avoid the pool and head to the beach.

Shower with warm water before you take a dip on the pool, also shower after taking a dip on the pool.

Choose swimming pools that are regularly maintained or cleaned.

Another cause of rashes or swimmer's itch is from birds, mammals and even snails. Do be careful.

You can use over the counter corticosteroid creams, cool compresses, oatmeal baths,  baking soda soaks, or various anti-itch lotions that are available without a prescription such as Aveeno or Calamine lotion to treat inflammation. Be sure to give your body a break from pools to let it heal.

Be safe and have fun, take care of your skin and enjoy the warm weather.

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Rosie Wallace

Learn more about dealing with a hot tub rash and read about ways to get rid of heat rash .

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