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Sinus Congestion And Infections Pool Air Burning Eyes?

by Pat Powell
(Chesterfield, Virginia USA)

I have recently joined the YMCA. I use the pool for my exercises and walking based on doctor's recommendation.

The pool was shut down for a month so that the ceilings could be re-painted and something else done to the pool - not exactly sure what.

Since returning to that pool, I have had problems with my constant sinus drainage, mucus in my throat, even to the point of a three week sinus infection! My eyes also burn as soon as I walk into the pool room. Is this an indication I should tell the YMCA about - and if no response or action by them, quit swimming?

I did not have this problem before the pool room was closed for remodel. Please help me as I need to continue this type of exercise due to my back problems, and I would like to be informed enough to explain if this is an issue to be generally addressed.

Thanks in advance.

Thanks for the question Pat

First off, I'd like to say hello from Oregon. I'm a Richmond guy myself. Chesterfield is a great place.

I started as the YMCA pool operator in 2008 so I know what you're talking about. A bad chlorine smell is a problem that many indoor pools have.

It can be attributed to multiple issue, but we can narrow it down to a few because many overlap each other.

First is the chloramine issue. This is when organic matter is introduced into the pool by way of sweat, urine, makeup, lotions, etc... The chlorine attaches itself to this matter and kills it. The chlorine is doing its job in killing this stuff. This is the chlorine smell, the dying or dead organic matter. There's actually not enough chlorine being used to kill the organic matter.

The pool operator needs to shock the pool when the chloramine levels get 0.6ppm or above for 3 consecutive days. They should be keeping a daily log and testing, at minimum, twice per day, once in the morning and once at night. The daily readings should be open to the public. If not, ask why. The records are to be kept not only for the Y, to recognize any patterns that may develop, but for the state as well.

To the best of my knowledge, YMCA pools are tested by the state and they review the pool records.

Here's a good post about someone asking the right questions, and the response she received:

Water Therapy (PT)..Odd Stench On My Hands..

You need to take into consideration the fresh air returns, exhaust, heat, and dehumidification of the room. The pool operator should know the air rate-of-exchange for the pool room. Ask the pool operator if there's an adequate air rate of exchange and how it's monitored, along with the proper exhaust system.

Here are a couple of links that might help:

So, the high chloramines along with improper air exchange (fresh air and exhaust) can be contributing to your sinus problems.

As a last resort, if they can't fix the problem, you may need to find another pool that can accommodate your needs.

Hope this helps and good luck. Let me know how it turns out for you.


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