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marta
September 10th, 2007, 03:23 PM
5 days ago I took a job at a local YMCA working at the front desk checking clients into the facility. I am nowhere near the vicinity of the 3 indoor pools, yet I smell the chlorine and there is a burning sensation in my nose and I begin to sneeze. I do not feel ill when there, just uncomfortable and embarrassed as well, as I have to deal with the public while I'm sneezing. My co-workers all say I will get used to the smell, but none of them have ever had any burning sensation or sneezing.
My pharmacist suggests an antihistamine, and my husband feels that if I have to take medication in order to do my job, I shouldn't be working there. I tend to agree with him. Though I love my job, my health is more important, and will gladly resign. When I leave the building I am fine.
I have no other allergies.

Have any of you experienced this reaction before? I have swam in outdoor chlorinated pools many times and never had a problem.

Any suggestions would help.

Marta

Slowswim
September 10th, 2007, 03:33 PM
During Desert Storm, the soldiers drank and bathed in a lot of chlorinated water. A very few developed a sensitivity to it that I don't think they every adjusted to (even after their return).

It may just be genetic.

aquageek
September 10th, 2007, 03:38 PM
Have you considered other closer sources for this problem, like the stuff they clean the floors, counters, etc with that are right under hand or foot? Seems if the pool is a long way away that might be a less likely candidate for this issue over other closer items. Maybe a co-worker has fleas.

If memory serves me correctly chlorine is not an allergen anyway.

geochuck
September 10th, 2007, 04:02 PM
Can we be allergic to chlorine look here http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=2645&highlight=chlorine+allergy

http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=8635&highlight=chlorine+allergy

phdude
September 10th, 2007, 09:05 PM
Could it just be that particular pool? In my experience I've noticed a lot of YMCA's have more chlorine in their pools than they should. As an age grouper I had a lot of sinus problems due to the overchlorination and the heat. My pool at college seems to be a lot cooler and has less chlorine as far as I can tell, and I haven't had a problem there.

geochuck
September 10th, 2007, 09:13 PM
Could it just be that particular pool? In my experience I've noticed a lot of YMCA's have more chlorine in their pools than they should. As an age grouper I had a lot of sinus problems due to the overchlorination and the heat. My pool at college seems to be a lot cooler and has less chlorine as far as I can tell, and I haven't had a problem there.
It may not be overchlorination it could be an acid condition in the pool water letting small amounts of chlorine gas being realeased.

This could be deadly.

Syd
September 11th, 2007, 12:35 AM
I go along with Aquageek on this one. It might have nothing to do with the chlorine at all. I, too, have been sneezing a lot lately and it is not because of pool water. It could just be the change of season. My suggestion is go to your doctor and get an allergy test done. It might come from a totally unsuspecting source. Then you won't have to quit your job at all.

Syd