The incidence of asthma is growing at an alarming rate. It is reported that in Australia 2 in 5 school age children now suffer with the ailment and in New Zealand 1 in 4 children. People with allergies also account for 40% of the population. These days, most progressive households use allergy free pillows and use non-residual room deodorants – but what about spas, spa baths and swimming pools? It is now possible to use a product that is safe and effective for all spa users, inclusive of asthmatics and allergy suffers.
Study Links Chlorine to the rising incidence of Asthma.
A recent study in the University of Louvain, Belgium, “states that, when chlorinated water reacts with organic matter such as urine or sweat it creates trichloramine, a gassy, easily inhaled irritant. Trichloramine is known as a trigger for three proteins that destroy the cellular barrier protecting the lungs, making them more prone to asthma attack.”
The researchers have tested the blood of hundreds of young pool users finding higher than normal levels of the proteins. The levels rose even when people merely sat beside a pool.
While this was a study conducted in an indoor pool, and chlorine producers argue that better ventilation might have altered the results, there have been a number of other studies which all point to the same conclusion. In fact the incidence of respiratory tract disease in lifeguards at outdoor pools is also above the norm.