Chlorine Allergy Symptoms

Chlorine allergy is an adverse reaction of the immune system to a substance that contains chlorine. It is one of the most toxic elements found in nature and yet there are very, very few people who are actually allergic to chlorine when exposed to it. In the correct sense, it should not be termed as allergy, as the correct word is intolerance. In this article we give symptoms that manifest due to unhealthy exposure to chlorine.

About Chlorine

Chlorine is one of the widely used chemicals. It has industrial and household applications. It is found in swimming pools, detergents and drinking water. It is used as a bleaching agent and a disinfectant. It has wide applications in medicines, insecticides, antiseptics, dyes, explosives, textiles, paints, plastics, solvents and refrigerants. Overexposure can cause intolerance which manifests as allergies.

Symptoms of Chlorine Allergy

On Skin

  • Skin Itching
  • Skin dryness
  • Rashes or lesions
  • Red skin
  • In some cases, skin may peel

Respiratory Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Feeling of suffocation


  • Watery eyes
  • Irritation in eyes
  • Pain and redness of eyes
  • Itching and burning sensations in eyes

Digestive system

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Chlorine is an irritant to skin. Wash it off with cold water and apply a soothing cream. Chlorine allergy is seen in professional swimmers due to prolonged exposure to chlorine water. Do not use clothes that are washed in detergents having a high level of chlorine. It is best to consult a doctor to avoid further complications of chlorine allergy.

To know on how to manage this allergy, read our other article on How to Manage Chlorine Allergies?.

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