The Swimming Pool and Eczema - Does It Hurt or Help?

The Swimming Pool and Eczema - Does It Hurt or Help?

Lana Lindstrom

Swimming pools can be the perfect relief on a hot summer day - even for eczema sufferers. Most swimming pools use chlorine, a chemical that sanitizes and disinfects the water. It’s important to remember that eczema reactions are very individual. Everyone will have a different reaction when they come in contact with chlorine. Chlorine can be beneficial for eczema that is prone to infection. Actually, many allergists and dermatologists recommend diluted bleach baths to keep infections under control. These diluted bleach baths are very similar to the swimming pool. Chlorine can be irritating to some individuals that suffer from eczema. Always make sure to rinse off after swimming.

If the swimming pool is calling your child’s name, there are things to remember before, during, and after your summer fun!

Before the pool

Before getting into the water, a few precautions are necessary to avoid a flare. Since every pool has different levels of chlorine, every step is important. First, apply an eczema emollient to your child’s skin. Second, apply sunscreen that will not irritate the skin. We recommend the use of Vanicream sunscreen. This sunscreen is dermatologist tested and free from common chemical irritants. It is also water resistant, making it perfect for hot summer days at the pool.

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While Swimming

Reapply, reapply, reapply! That’s the name of the game when it comes to preventing sunburn or an eczema flare. During swim breaks, rinse off your child’s skin with fresh, cold water, and repeat the initial steps of moisturizing and sunscreen. If you are concerned about the possible reaction to chlorine, have your child take a 20-minute break after rinsing to make sure a flare is not coming. Also, try to limit time spent in the pool. If your fingers are wrinkled it’s probably time to get out.

After Swimming

The most important part about swimming in a chlorinated pool with eczema is rinsing off afterward. Chlorine is a strong chemical that can dry skin out very easily. Use cold or warm water to rinse, hot water is more likely to cause a reaction. Within minutes of rinsing, pat dry and apply an eczema emollient to lock in the moisture. Continue with your daily washing and moisturizing routine to get your skin back on track.

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Swimming can be a great relief to eczema sufferers, especially during the summer months. Don’t let the chlorine or sunshine get you down from having fun! Remember, rinse and reapply!

If you find relief for your eczema from the swimming pool please consider regular diluted bleach baths at home. Read this article on bleach baths for eczema Bleach Baths for Eczema and below is an easy diagram to follow below.

This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition.