We’re all aware of the fact that chlorine is often used to maintain public pools. However, although it keeps the pool ‘clean,’ it can also cause some health risks to those who are swimming in the water.
We’re not saying that chlorine is entirely bad, but it’s important to understand that too much of it isn’t good either. Without further ado, here are the 5 dangers of chlorinated swimming pools:
1. Effects of Chlorine in the Eyes
Have you noticed that whenever you go into a public pool with too much chlorine, you can feel it in your eyes? That stinging sensation your eyes feel is a signal that this substance is bad for you. It’s quite true that chlorinated water is harmful for your eyes, and you’re probably wondering what other effects too much chlorine can cause.
Well, based on research, chlorine can negatively affect the proteins, and for those who aren’t aware, the eye’s protective tear film is made up of protein. Wherein, the other parts are water, oils and mucous.
What the chlorine does is it strips away the protective layer that keeps the foreign bacteria out the eyes as it lubricates it at the same time. The result? It makes the eyes dry and very irritated, but that’s not it; chlorine also makes the eyes vulnerable to possible infections. Aside from that, some of the most common side effects that you can experience, include blurry vision– this is because the cornea becomes swollen.
Fortunately, this effect isn’t permanent at all. Once you’re out of chlorinated water, the eyes will automatically produce more precorneal film. Which means, your eyes will regain enough moisture and protection from bacteria once again. However, this doesn’t indicate that exposure to chlorine doesn’t really have long-lasting effects. The long-term effects of chlorine are still being studied, and have not yet been determined.
Likewise, it doesn’t mean that just because you don’t swim in public pools, you’re already safe from it– keep in mind, even tap water contains chlorine.
No doubt, most kids love to splash around the water, especially during the summer. Likewise, considering the fact that they’re more carefree than adults, getting large amounts of chlorine in their eyes happens a lot. One of the most common complications that can occur from all the chlorine is ‘conjunctivitis.’
What is ‘conjunctivitis’? It’s a medical term for ‘pinkeye.’ This inflammation results to red, itchy eyes that sometimes lead to leaky eye discharge as well. Other symptoms of conjunctivitis include blurry vision and swollen eyes. Though, aside from chlorinated water, there are other causes of pinkeye, such as being exposed to a number of irritants like chemical fumes and smoke.