Dangers Of Chlorine In Swimming Pools

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Chlorine can have its benefits. But, what people don’t
know is that chlorine can become a disadvantage
especially the moment it comes in contact with your
body, inside and out. Despite the dangers of chlorine
in pools, owners have a very good reason why they put
chlorine together with their water.

First, if used on a low concentration, chlorine can
effectively kill any kind of bacteria that can live
inside the water in a very effective and fast manner.
Next, if in higher concentrations, it has the
capability to kill algae that can live at the side of
the pool. Bather wastes are broken down by chlorine
which is known as skin oils and flakes and lotions.

With all those advantages, pool owners are looking on
the side where chlorine becomes the enemy of the body
and altering its every function. By far, there have
been reports on the different dangers when in contact
with either high or low level of chlorine.

Trihalomethanes

According to studies, THMs or Trihalomethanes
considered as pollutants to the environment and are
also addressed to be carcinogenic. It is a result of
the combination of chlorine and water compounds which
are organic. There is a less chance for these
chemicals to degrade and when inside the body, can be
found in fatty tissues.

So, what about it? Seems harmful right? Wrong.

When you start to think about the fatty tissues, you
can regard it as a mother’s breast which produces
milk. These chemicals are stored in the milk based
from the mother’s breast which can also be found in
certain fluids in the body – semen and blood. When
this comes in contact with the body, it can cause
certain mutation that has the ability to suppress
immune function and interferes with growth and
development of new cells.

Irritant

Chlorine is considered as one of the chemical
compounds that can cause irritation to the skin and
eyes. You know that chlorine is doing a very good job
in killing microorganisms in pools if you have a
feeling of blurry, stinging eyes. You can also spot a
different kind of smell that is not normal with
ordinary water. Studies show that water with chlorine
can cause skin irritation which can be associated with
eczema.

Water with chlorine can have the ability to damage
Vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids that are
normally situated inside the body and considered as
essentials to the body’s healthy status. Chlorine also
has the capability to generate toxins that can produce
damaging free radicals. Upon noticing that your skin
is highly irritated because of pool water, this can be
undone by supplementary diet. Chlorine also has the
capability to aggravate some existing skin conditions
like psoriasis, seborrhea and acne.

It doesn’t stop there. There are still multiple
reasons why chlorine is considered as a dangerous
compound. It concerns other health problems that are
associated with melanoma, bladder and breast cancer
and difficult bowel movements. In children,
development of early asthma can be of concern.
Furthermore, there are studies that show links between
chlorine and cardiac anomalies.

The dangers of chlorinated water to people are
increasing and others are still innocent of the bad
effects of it. Chlorine can be good and become
potentially bad if not prevented nor taken into
consideration.

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