According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, or ACAAi, there is no such thing as a chlorine allergy.
Symptoms of a chlorine allergy can include:
- Skin redness, tenderness, inflammation, and/or itchiness
- Skin lesions or a rash
If you experience any of these symptoms, see an allergist. The symptoms could actually be asthma, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, or bronchospasm. I know those are all big words, but your doctor can certainly clarify what they all mean.
People who are the most susceptible to “chlorine allergies” are those with long-term exposure to chlorinated water. People like lifeguards, pool cleaners, and swimmers.
Those who are not exposed to chlorinated water as often do not tend to suffer from them as much.
Reducing exposure helps. You can also swim in pools with lower chlorine concentrations.
Check out the ACAAI’s article for more detailed information on chlorine allergies.