Is Chlorine in Swimming Pools Safe?

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    Jun 16, 2017 4:05 PM GMT
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    NYT: It’s understandable to be concerned about a chemical that dries out skin and hair and that has a smell that can linger long after a shower. But for the most part, experts say, there’s no reason to worry.

    Chemicals like chlorine and bromine are added to swimming pools to fight germs. Swimming without them could be like swimming in a petri dish, exposing people to all sorts of potentially nasty microbes, experts say.

    “The immediate benefits of disinfection far outweigh any potential long-term exposure risks,” said Lindsay Blackstock, a doctoral student in analytical and environmental toxicology at the University of Alberta in Canada, via email.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/well/is-chlorine-in-swimming-pools-safe.html?
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    Jun 16, 2017 8:54 PM GMT
    I was going to say, it's far safer than swimming pools without chlorine or another disinfectant.

    I highly recommend this series: http://www.pbs.org/show/how-we-got-now/

    By far the most fascinating docuseries I've ever seen. The first episode, "Clean" discusses the revolution of chlorinated water. Later cholera!
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    Jun 17, 2017 1:05 AM GMT
    I would think it's safer than swimming with bacteria.
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    Jun 17, 2017 3:00 AM GMT
    Ask this dude if chlorine is safe:

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    Jun 18, 2017 5:49 PM GMT
    I'll say this - chlorine aggravates sinus infections. You'd think it'd prevent or sterilize them. Nah!
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    Jun 18, 2017 5:51 PM GMT
    I'll say this - chlorine aggravates sinus infections. You'd think it'd prevent or sterilize them. Nah!

    I had to give up lap swimming (hopefully not forever) because of the constant sinusitis but when I DID swim I used an arsenal of chlorine-fighting lotions and shampoos that prevented my skin from drying out and my skin from smelling like chlorine.
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    Jul 02, 2017 5:01 AM GMT
    I've had to adjust to it since I do have a sensitive reaction to all the chemicals, my hair is beyond damaged, and takes a few months to recover if I stop swimming completely. But the chlorine does dry out my skin, and I adjusted to that, I now rub on mineral oil/baby oil on my body after showering, after coming out of the pool for my daily swim. At night, I have to put vaseline on my face since my face dries out so much, that I used to rub it raw, and voila, everything back to normal, no more constant dry irritating skin, but the hair is very brittle though.

    Also the mineral oil can be used for other occasions...when I'm at the gym...in the showers.
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    Jul 02, 2017 3:29 PM GMT
    It's Chlorine, it's a corrosive halogen. Of course it's mostly unsafe, but put into water it makes water safer.
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    Jul 03, 2017 2:18 AM GMT
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    Ask this dude if chlorine is safe:

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    Ask him instead if he got good money as an extra in a zombie movie.
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    Jul 06, 2017 4:17 AM GMT
    Forgot to mention, there's a vitamin C spray that you can purchase that will neutralize the chlorine, which is an oxidizing agent, and that makes the vitamin C a reducing agent, they will cancel each other out, but I've never bought the product to see if it would work since what I'm doing now is working.
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    Jul 06, 2017 8:34 AM GMT
    I don't see too many competitive swimmers dropping dead from Chlorine poisoning.