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Are salt water swimming pools better for eczema?
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Are salt water swimming pools better for eczema?

My little boy has eczema and we also have a swimming pool (which he loves). We have been told by our doctor that we will need to immediately bath him after swimming and we were wondering if switching our pool to a salt water system (the system turns the salt into chlorine) would help him be less itchy. The also offer a peroxide system for keeping the pool clean. Is one better than the other regarding his eczema?
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I can not give you  a definite answer for this but I do not think this will not really make much of a difference. Your son may be reactive to the chlorine which is the basic ingredient in a pool system. The salt water pool still has to revert to chlorine. Eczema is a chronic inflammatory disease and may present with flare ups even after a long time. The triggers may be from the heat , the dust or the pool water . I would suggest that your son be washed thoroughly with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil or neutrogena  after each swim in the pool. With regards to the salt water system pool, you may refer to an allergologist with regards to this for further advise.
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I cannot swim in salt water pools due to the algaecide used. This is often copper based and causes exzema (eczema) to erupt where I am usually clear of it. This also applies to any pool where algacides are used. Bromazine is also a cause of exzema (eczema).
I am allergic to multiple pool chemicals and have my own pool using UV sterilisation which does not require chemicals.
I have got to the stage where I cannot usually swim in public pools as I break out in horrible rashes or exzema (eczema).
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