Diving into the swimming pool seems to be the best decision that you could make on a hot day. But new research may dampen the haste of jumping into the pool. The findings show that pool disinfectants can generate dangerous disinfection byproducts (DBPs) when they come into contact with personal care products, sweat, and urine.
You are advised to take a shower first and to advise the kids not to pee in the water. The DBPs have been found to cause genetic damage to cells. The air you breathe when in the pool (chlorine smell) is actually a disinfection byproduct called trichloramine, a combination of urine and chlorine. Trichloramine is a respiratory tract irritant.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.