Urine, sweat and other wastes may be the reason you experience eye discomfort in pools

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The CDC dropped an explosive bombshell just in time for the summer. After years of chlorine getting the blame for red irritant eyes when swimming, the Center of Disease Control has alleviated the “blame it on the chlorine” concept by announcing that actually urine and other waste are responsible for the eye irritation that occurs during those beautiful relaxing summer swims.

In a recent report, the CDC says,


“Irritants in the air at swimming pools are usually the combined chlorine-by products of disinfection. These by-products are the result of chlorine binding with sweat, urine, and other waste from swimmers…”

Yes, urine and other wastes. One must be careful about the company they swim with and mindful of the symptoms related to this eye discomfort. The CDC went on to give the scientific explanation of what occurs to create eye irritation.

”As the concentration of by-products in the water increases, they move into the surrounding air as well. Breathing air loaded with irritants can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the concentration of irritants in the air and amount of time the air is breathed. The symptoms of irritant exposure in the air can range from mild symptoms, such as coughing, to severe symptoms, such as wheezing or aggravating asthma. It is also known that routine breathing of irritants may increase sensitivity to other types of irritants such as fungi and bacteria.”

-Abesi Manyando(@abesipr)