Swimming pool rash also called swimmer s itch occurs when the disinfectants in swimming pools break down and expose swimmers to pseudomonas bacteria.
Pool rash. A chlorine rash develops after the skin comes into contact with chlorine. As the name actually suggests it a chlorine rash is a type of rash that appears after a person has been exposed to chlorine. A person may also contract swimming pool rash from hot tubs and marshy swimming areas. These itchy skin rashes might have small red bumps.
The skin can feel dry and scaly and may burn. This rash might appear all over the body or only on the arms legs or the trunk of the body and might look similar to chickenpox. Both a chlorine rash and swimmer s itch are swimming related rashes. Itching is usually the first sign something is amiss.
The symptoms do not take too long to appear after a person has been exposed to chlorine but their intensity can vary tremendously from one person to the other. It can significantly irritate the skin eyes and respiratory. Chlorine is a chemical used to disinfect pools and hot tubs. The symptoms of swimming pool rash typically occur 12 to 48 hours after a person is exposed to pseudomonas bacteria and can include.
Chlorine rash can happen whenever you ve spent time in chlorinated water like a pool or hot tub. It appears a short time after getting into the pool or within a few hours after swimming.