Got Allergies? Your Pool Might Be to Blame

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According to a recent study teenagers who spend more than 100 hours in chlorinated swimming pools have a six time higher chance of getting asthma and allergies, reports Yahoo! News. For some people, particularly kids, swimming pools are second homes, where hours can be spent playing shark, jumping off diving boards, diving for rings, playing underwater tea party and the ever popular Marco-Polo. For other people, the thought of all of those people sharing the same "fluids" gives them the willies. Either way, at some point in your life you've probably found yourself in a swimming pool, they're hard to avoid. What is a kid to do?It's not the pool so much as the chlorine added to swimming pools that increases asthma likelihood. According to a recent study on Yahoo! News by Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, teenagers who spend more than 100 hours in swimming pools have a six times higher likelihood of having asthma. In fact, it's so bad that the researchers reported that, ""The impact of these chemicals on the respiratory health of children and adolescents appears to be much more important -- at least by a factor of five -- than that associated with secondhand smoke." The chlorine hanging in the air over the pool water affects the airways of children and adolescents.

Children who swam in pools sanitized by copper or silver did not show any increase in asthma, as well as children who already had no allergic tendencies didn't show any increase. No word on whether kids who swim in pools treated with other materials fared any better.

Growing up as a kid in Houston, I grew up around some of the worst air quality in the nation, as well as some of the worst heat, which means I spent my entire childhood in one swimming pool or another. How I never got allergies or asthma (knock on wood), though I did get bleached out hair and bad skin, is beyond me. My guess is most kids have a similar story. :Yahoo! News
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