Swimming is highly considered a healthy lifestyle activity for all age groups alike. It is an exercise that is found best for children suffering from asthma. The reason could be that open grounds give off a dry un-moist air that triggers the disease even further. As a result, the moist environment found in and around swimming pools is excellent both in terms of exercise and asthma getting triggered.
But keeping in mind the hygiene and bacteria safety measures, there are little doubts that water may be infected. The common procedure used for keeping the swimming pool waters safe and filtered is through the use of chlorine and the process known as chlorination.
During chlorinating the water in the pools, chlorine is added in the form of gas which hydrolyzes and converts to hypochlorous acid quickly or in the form of sodium or calcium hypochlorite. In a pool with a ph level of 6.5 to 8.5, there is the presence of both hypochlorite and hypochlorous ions in the water.
But the negative part of the process is that the compounds of chlorine and water in the air can give rise to unwanted effects. While the issue is getting its share of attention, it may still create respiratory problems for people coming in contact with their surroundings. The irritants may majorly impact the kids and elders.
Adverse effects from the chlorination of water:
A common problem revolving around chlorination is exposure to extreme levels of chlorine Gas. This exposure may be a result of a crash in the function or leaking through the installations for disinfection. In such cases, the health may be impacted more or less determined by the intensity of the concentrations and for how long the exposure period resulted. Some complications that can arise are asthma attacks, respiratory epithelium experiencing chemical burns, inflammation of the lungs, and issues in breathing.
Hyperventilating, nasopharyngitis and transient lachrymation are less serious but frequently occurring health issues.
The emergency health unit must have adequate knowledge to deal with such consequences when exposed to a large group of people. The treatment should be provided and contemplated in severe cases according to medical history. It is mandatory to observe the functions related to the lungs before discharging any person victim of inhaling chlorine. Advising respiratory working and the symptoms, along with the asthmatic reaction a victim might experience for the next 6-8 weeks is important.
Health prospects of swimming and swimmers:
In patients with asthma, the benefits of swimming count due to moist air arising less breathing issues during exercises as on dry grounds. But there is largely a norm that Asthmatic people don’t receive the chlorine water well. Still, the problem is not being addressed. It is observed that sports swimmers experience asthma and increased sensitivity to bronchitis as compared to the sportsmen representing other fields.
The sources of potential health issues that can arise from chlorine waters have warned large groups and organizations. Many of which have decided to cancel the swimming programs they may offer to their students or participants. A large number of school authorities have shut down swimming lessons for primary students.
Experts have advised nations that it might not be damaging, but it is still important to further study and evaluate the possibility of risks it can pose for children and the general population.
And until enough clarity is gained on the purpose it’s is essential to maintain chlorination processes, the temperature and create a hygienic surrounding to ensure the safety of everyone who is around these pools ranging from janitors, elders, competitive swimmers, and children.
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