Do you feel the strong smell of chlorine on your body and irritate your eyes after swimming?
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In a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which specializes in diseases and infections, bad smell and eye irritation were shown to be caused not only by the chemicals in the swimming pool.
In fact, the chlorinated pool does not contain any chemicals that are harmful to your health when swimming.
Instead, when chlorine is mixed with other products and substances, such as urine, feces, skin cells, makeup, and deodorant that causes the strong odor and stinging eyes.
In the United States, at least 58% of samples from public swimming pools taken by the CDC contained traces of E. coli bacteria.
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Remember that these bacteria are present in the human intestine and feces.
This combination of substances creates chemical irritants such as chloramines that can cause skin or nose irritation, coughing, asthma and difficulty breathing.
The use of chlorine or other chemicals reduces the health consequences and kills most germs in the pool, except for the most stubborn ones.
“Cryptosporidium can survive more than seven days in swimming pool water that contains free ppm chlorine,” a CDC spokesperson told Nextstar Media.
“It is partly because of this that Cryptosporidium is a major cause of outbreaks of pool-related diseases.”
Symptoms related to exposure to the germ can be serious for people who are immunosuppressed.
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