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Swimming Pool Chlorine Dangers

By: Riaan Gerber

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.


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.


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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