Almost every person in the world likes to swim and with good reasons: the cool water is calming, the exercise you get from swimming improves your overall bodily health, and there are a lot of exciting water activities out there. However, not all people are lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of swimming, particularly those who are allergic to chlorine. People with chlorine allergy often experience rashes and hives during or after they go for a swim in a pool.
When we think about exercising the image that often comes to our minds is people grunting and sweating in a gym whilst they're lifting weights, pulling heavy ropes or bouncing a big medicine ball into the air. But some people due to varying reasons can’t perform those high-intensity workouts.
Chlorine helps protect swimmers from waterborne germs. It is used in pool water because it kills bacteria, oxidizes debris from perspiration and body oils, and reduces swimmers’ risk of getting diarrhea, swimmer’s ear, and various skin allergies or infections. Despite all these, the chemical has quite the reputation on the pool deck for other complications.
For people suffering from eczema exercise may be a hellish experience rather than a beneficial one. The drying skin and itchiness they feel after a workout is what forces these individuals to give up trying to get fit because they feel it does more damage to them than good.
Exercising with eczema can be difficult so people who have this condition have to be creative in order to get their hearts pumping without their skins flaring up. If you’re one of these people you could try out swimming as your daily exercise routine because not only will it prevent you from sweating, which can trigger flare ups, but it will also exercise all parts of your body.