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Chlorine In Indoor Swimming Pools Linked To Breathing Problems

Chlorine and swimming pools are as closely associated as bread and butter.  Did you know that chlorine in swimming pools has been linked to breathing problems such as asthma?

Recent studies from several sources show an alarming relation between chlorine exposure and respiratory illness.  Swimmers with no previous history of respiratory problems show signs of breathing trouble after swimming in chlorinated water.  A study by the American College of Sports Medicine determined that swimmers in a swimming pool in water chlorinated at a concentration typically found in public and residential pools showed an incidence rate of over 60% for Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB) after several minutes of swimming.  Researchers found that the likelihood of EIB increases with the amount of chlorine used in the pool water.

Chlorine by itself is not necessarily the problem, but what chlorine becomes when combined with organics like swimmer sweat, dander and urine.  The chlorine reacts with the organics to produce dangerous chemicals like chloroform, trihalomethanes and chloramines.  Chlorine related problems even affect the respiratory systems well-conditioned athletes.  It was revealed during the 2000 Olympic Games that more than one quarter of the United States Swim Team suffered from some degree of asthma.

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Children may be especially vulnerable to chlorine exposure in indoor swimming pools.  Researchers at the Catholic University in Belgium found that the prevalence of childhood asthma was closely associated with indoor pool use.  Study presenter, Dr. Simone Carbonnelle, said their study suggests "that the increasing exposure to chlorine-based disinfectants used in swimming pools and their by-products might be an unsuspected risk factor in the rising incidence of childhood asthma and allergic diseases".

Results from other researchers showed that regular attendance at indoor swimming pools was significantly associated with the destruction of the cellular barriers protecting the respiratory epithelium (deep lung), making the lungs potentially more vulnerable to the passage of allergens.

Researcher Arthur J. Williams, M.D., of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, says "Now we know the likelihood increases significantly with the concentration of chlorine used.  This research is the first to investigate how increases in chlorine concentrations in swimming pools can enhance respiratory problems".  Williams also remarked that "We believe these hazards can be minimized through awareness and proper pool maintenance".

Your indoor swimming pool water is heated to comfortable swimming temperatures.  This creates a large amount of moisture that is heavily laden with chlorine.  An effective way to reduce the risk chlorine imposes is by employing a high quality swimming pool dehumidifier and a good ventilation system.  The High Efficiency/High Capacity HI-E-Dry Vehere swimming pool dehumidifier was designed and built to handle the heavy moisture loads created by indoor pools.  The Vehere, combined with a superior ventilation system like the Quiet-Vent, can keep harmful concentrations of pool chemicals to a minimum.

Protect your family and your guests from chlorine hazards by using an exceptional swimming pool dehumidifier and a well designed and maintained ventilation system.

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