Pool allergy

Flu like symptoms after swimming in pool

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14/11/2012 at 23:09
I have started swimming again in a David Lloyd pool - 2k twice a week- after having run the Liverpool Marathon in October and have developed flu like symptoms - running nose congestion sneezing sore throat - which come on almost immediately after I finish but getting worse as the day progresses. I did two sprint tris over the summer and swam a similar amount until Septmber with no problems. Why is this happening and is there anything I can do? Thanks
M...eldy    pirate
14/11/2012 at 23:18

Its quite normal for a lot of people

Becconaise is supposed to help as might a nose clip of you can put up with one

14/11/2012 at 23:57
Happens to me too, but only if I swim for more than an hour or so. As long as I stick to a mile at a time (30 mins-ish) I'm pretty much okay. That's not total pool time though, just total 'serious' training time. If I'm just splashing around relaxing I'm fine for any length of time. Think it's just getting water in my sinuses that causes it...
15/11/2012 at 07:31

happens to me too, and only started recently after having spent a lifetime of swimming - it is an allergy to the chemicals. I use beconase affter swimming and it is fine. I think other people use it before and after for full effect. You can buy beconase in the chemist, in the allergy section, you just squirt it up your nose

I did find a nose clip worked too, but didn't like wearing the nose clip, and found it messed up my breathing a bit

15/11/2012 at 07:51
I ended up with sinuses going balistic following swimming... A nose clip sorted me out
Dubai Dave    pirate
15/11/2012 at 08:03

Beconase works for me


15/11/2012 at 08:19
Another one for beconase - before swimming for me
Ironholgs    pirate
15/11/2012 at 08:40

I'm a noseclip fan.....and antihistimines and an inhaler for emergencies.

15/11/2012 at 10:10
Thanks for all your input.There is clearly an unanimous approach to dealing with the problem. What I don't get is that I didn't have the problem up to September swimming twice a week in the pool and once in open water but then after a short break it starts from nowhere. I can't say im keen on relying on medication to swim so first when I've recovered from this attack I'm going to try another pool . Pity the open water is closed .
15/11/2012 at 10:45

Yep, i have the same problem.  Beconase works for me too.

15/11/2012 at 10:55

Another of the streaming nose clan checking in.  My drippiness goes in phases which is probably tied into an underlying hayfever/rhinitis problem.  As well as the remedies suggested above I also use Sudafed (before) when things get particularly bad.  This stops the mucus production for those peak 'post swim' hours. 

15/11/2012 at 12:02

Same. My local pool switched to bromine though, which I'm fine with. I find quality goggles to keep the water out of my eyes really helps as well - I fit them in freshwater before entering the pool. 

15/11/2012 at 13:29

I have the same. The noseclip sorted me out a treat. I tried a saline nose spray but that did nothing. It's weird because when I started swimming I had no problems at all - it seems to have 'developed'. It makes no difference if I swim in open water or the pool - the net result is the same. It was really worrying at the time as it was affecting my sleep quality an awful lot.

Good tip when using a noseclip is to clean the sides of your nose with a bit of soap - stops slippage due to skin oils. Oh, and steer clear of the hard plastic ones and go for the squidgy rubbery ones. IME they are much better.

15/11/2012 at 15:22

So many sufferers!

I swam 2k in my local municipal pool today. The water was cooler than the D Lloyd pool I swam in yesterday and so far so good, no reaction to talk about. That makes me wonder what the different chemicals each swim pool uses. I will have to remember to ask next time.  The answer my be on the lines you suggest Dancing in Spikes.

Cortina5    pirate
15/11/2012 at 16:39

If it's anything like the DL pool my tri club uses then you have my sympathies. Roof went back on, and pool ventilation was not turned on. All the chemicals boiling off in to the air and no where for them to go.

15/11/2012 at 17:03

2old, your avatar isn't clear but you are surely a bloke - 'flu-like = headache, fever, weakness and malaise. You have described snuffles !

15/11/2012 at 19:17
Joddly - haven't you heard of manflu? It's a very serious condition that only us males suffer from . You just wouldn't understand and are lucky to be immune to it. Snuffles? Huh!
IronCat- the one I go to is pretty good really -after allowing for the gangsters who frequent it- better than the pool I went to today but if the water makes me ill it's no good for me
Update -still no reaction to the muni water. Looks like a solution other than medication has been found.
15/11/2012 at 19:20

Nose clip for me. Works a treat.  I don`t feel using Beconaise all the time a long term solution (steriod based). I`m ok in open water without a nose clip. 

15/11/2012 at 20:04

No idea if this is related, but I have eczema and notice the difference across pools with my skin afterwards.  The guy at one of the local council pools recently explained that pools use either old-fashioned traditional chlorine gas (cheaper) OR a UV filtration clever thingy with a chlorine based tablet (I think he said something like hypochlorite but I can't really remember) which is much less of an irritant.  I've asked around the local pools that I swim in, and the ones that irritate my skin were all using chlorine gas the ones that I am ok in were using the UV/chlorine tablets.  To their credit the UV ones were all council pools.  The guy said that they install this system because it is better for people with respiratory and/or skin problems.

One thing I did find is that when I phoned people didn't necessarily realise what I was asking - one person told me that all pools use chlorine, one told me that chlorine was banned (?!).  I had to be very specific and ask if they used chlorine gas or UV/chlorine tablets and if they didn't sound like they know what they are talking about I pressed them on it until they went and checked (and invariably came back with a different answer).  In particular one pool said they use chlorine because she knew it was the chlorine tablets - I can see why there is confusion!

Not sure if this will be the same thing, but might be of use hopefully.

15/11/2012 at 21:26
Princess L - thanks - this subject is getting more and more interesting- well you've got to do something when injured. There must be a scientist/ chemist / health and safety expert etc around the forums who can give the full low down on what pool managers can and can't do to keep their water clean
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