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September 6th, 2010, 06:55 PM
I am a beginner swimmer training in a community outdoor pool which utilizes salt as a sanitizer. After swimming I shower well with soap and within an hour I experience severe hay fever like symptoms. I dose myself with antihistimines and relief is slow to occur. Should I start a daily regimine of antihistimines to maintain a working level in my body? Are there more effective ways of avoiding the hay fever effects? Are nose clips an option?

September 6th, 2010, 07:36 PM
I'd try nose clips.
If that doesn't work you could try a pool that uses Bromine or some other substance for sanitation. Good luck!

September 6th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Salt is not a sanitizer

Chlorine is the sanitizer in a salt water pool

NaCl H2O pass over electrically charged plates in the cell

The electrically charged plates yield a more natural Cl H20 by reversing the charge . . . the Na is removed via a positive/negative charge.

The Cl in a salt water pool is more natural and the water is very soft.

The chlorine isn't as hard because its not a manufactured Cl . . . most Cl pools use a Hypo-chloride solution . . . which is abrasive and more prone to allergic reactions.

The symptoms you may have could be related to a new salt cell system or that you are completely not accustomed to swimming in said environment.

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_water_chlorination

September 6th, 2010, 08:22 PM
You can search these forums to find past discussions on this topic. Here are a few to get you started. I searched on the words "allergic" and "chlorine":

Swimming allergy (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=14893&highlight=allergy)

Chlorine allergy (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=8635&highlight=allergy)

What next, nose clip? (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=15789&highlight=allergic+chlorine)

Swimmer's sinusitis (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=4034&highlight=allergic+chlorine)

Saline NOT best for pools (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=13370&highlight=allergic+chlorine)

September 6th, 2010, 08:31 PM
Get the nose clip. It solved the problem for me right away. I sneezed for more than a year. It was really disconcerting. I would have these non-stop sneezing fits in the evening after my afternoon swim. I never tried any medication but the minute I tried the nose clip, the problem went away. It will be unfamiliar and perhaps uncomfortable at first, but you soon get used to it.