: My daughter is a high school swimmer who is experiencing lung
: congestion. She is having a hard time taking a full breath. She has
: complained, along with other swimmers about the burn of the chlorine in
: the pool. Apparently the chlorine content of the water is very high.
: I've heard that because a swimmer is picking up everything they breathe
: within 6 inches of the level of water in the pool, that they may be
: getting "less than pure" air. I also heard that at some university
: pools, the University of Texas for one, they do not use chlorine.
: Does anyone have any more information on this? Should I be concerned
: about high levels of chlorine in the pool? Are there guidelines?
I replied to Don in email, but I thought I'd reiterate
something I posted many months ago on this same subject.
An irritating pool atmosphere is most commonly caused by a lack
of chlorine and an unbalanced pH, which leads to the formation of
irritating compounds (chlor- and nitros- amines). This CAN be corrected:
the procedure is to "shock" the pool with higher levels of chlorine.
Good pool maintenance workers know how to do this. Very commonly, an
irritating atmosphere is associated with cloudy waters, poor circulation
(in the WATER), and is somewhat overused.
If the pool atmosphere is irritating your lungs while training,
find out who's in charge of the pool maintenance system and _get them to
| James G. Acker |
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