Will A Salt System Help With Chlorene Sensitivity?

by Dave

My wife is cholrene sensitive. Our pool is well maintained and always clean and balanced.

Will a salt system help with her chlorene sensitivity, or is the chlorene generated the same as the 3" tabs we use now?

Thanks for the question Dave

A salt water pool is not a chlorine free pool. A chlorine generator (salt cell) still produces chlorine, or hypochlorus acid. This is what sanitizes the pool. There are really only 2 benefits to having a salt pool.

The water feels better because it is softer. This is if you add salt to the pool. There are free standing chlorine generators. You add a small amount of salt, it produces the chlorine, and that gets put into the pool through the returns.

Technically this isn't a salt pool but one that uses salt to produce chlorine. 2nd is the convenience of not having to add chlorine to the pool on a weekly basis. It's made throughout the week so you'll always have a constant flow of chlorine into the pool.

The 3" chlorine tabs are a mixture of chlorine and stabilizer (CYA). There is no salt in these tabs. Some people that I know have had great success with a salt pool. I'm the pool operator for our YMCA (80,000 gallon salt pool) and they say it's great to swim in a salt pol.

Other people say it doesn't make a difference. It really has to go on a case-by-case basis. I can't say with any degree of certainty that switching over to a salt pool will help your wife with her chlorine allergy. I would encourage you to maybe find a local salt pool and try it out before switching your pool over.

Hope this helps and have a fun and safe Summer.


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Diarrhea After Swimming

by Barbara
(Marietta, GA)

Is it normal for children to get diarrhea from swimming in a pool? Both my grandchildren started swim lessons and have had periodic diarrhea.

Thanks for the question Barbara

No it's not normal to have any kind of intestinal issues after swimming. I would guess it wouldn't be a true chlorine allergy, but I would have your grandchildren looked at by a health care professional.

The question didn't mention if they're taking swim lessons at a public pool, but since most lessons are at public pools, I'll assume that.

I would ask the pool operator if there has been any recent issues with anyone else. The pool records (periodic chemical readings) should be open to the public.

There also could be an issue with a water borne illness as well, Cryptosporidium being the most common.

Cryptosporidium is a one-celled parasite that can cause a gastrointestinal illness called cryptosporidiosis. Unlike other kinds of water borne illness, Crypto can live in a chlorinated pool for days.

Others can include:

  • Mycobacterium spp.

  • Staphylococius aureus.

  • Leptospira interrogans.

  • Trichophyton spp.

  • Epidmerophyton floccosum. This pathogen is usually the cause for respiratory infections.

  • Acanthamoeba spp.

    Again, ask the pool operator about the chemical records and usage and have your grandchildren checked out for any possible infections.

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    Hope this helps and let me know how it turns out for you.


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