Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jean | 2011/01/10


Chlorine Allergy

My Child is a water baby. She loves swimmimg but she tends to get a skin rash after swimmimg. I presume it is the chlorine. We are changing over to another type to see if that helps. What can I give her to prevent the allergic reaction or help her feel better. She is 7yrs old.

Expert's Reply



Your little girl is probably not allergic to the chlorine at such but is getting a skin rash when she swims due to the cold water. This is known as 'cold urticaria'. This condition usually lasts for between 3 and 5 years and then disappears. It can easily be treated using an antihistamine called Zyrtec which should be taken very day. Sometimes cold urticraia can be dangerous as a child's breathing may be affected if she suddenly dives into cold water. Your daughter should be seen by a paediatric allergist. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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