Chlorine is necessary in swimming pools and hot tubs to kill any bacteria that may be transmitted by an infected person swimming or sitting in the pool or tub. Bacteria can lead to health issues and can be passed by swallowing water or having a cut on your body, so it is important that the chlorine levels are checked regularly and kept at levels recommended by your pool or hot tub supplier.
Minor Skin Irritation Treatment
If the skin is irritated after swimming and an itchy rash appears, wash the area immediately with non-chlorinated water to remove the chlorine. Apply a cool cloth followed by aloe vera, which should stop the itch within 12 to 24 hours (though the rash may last for a few days). It is wise to stay out of the pool until the rash is gone, as the chlorine level may be too high and the condition will be further irritated. A baking soda bath can also ease the irritation.
Consult a Physician
If the skin irritation develops blisters, or the individual complains of stomach pains, develops a fever or begins vomiting, consult a physician immediately, as there could be other medical issues that need to be addressed.
Preventing Skin Irritation
Bathe with an antibacterial soap and shampoo hair as soon as you are finished swimming to wash away chlorine residue from the body. Most public pools have shower facilities available for this purpose. Always remember to wear flip-flop type sandals when using these shower facilities. Nasal spray and eye drops should kept on hand as the eyes and nasal cavities are two main areas that can develop chlorine irritations; these can easily be cleared with a few drops of these solutions.