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chlorine cough

My sons are lifeguards at an indoor water park.  They both have chronic dry coughs, even after being off work for two weeks.  One son will actually cough so hard after returning from a six-hour shift that it seems he will vomit.  Because they both have always been very healthy with no signs of asthma, is there anything we can do to eliminate their side-effects of working in a chlorinated environment?  Over the counter medications??
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351246 tn?1379685732
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Hi
Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
It is apparent that chlorine has become an occupational hazard for your son. If he is allergic to cholrine, then maybe anti allergics or inhalers used for asthma may help. However, true allergy will only be eliminated on stopping the use of the pool. Alternatively your son can try for a job at pools which do not use chlorine for purification. Lifeguard jobs at natural water resources like sea beach is also an option.
It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Maybe you can seek another opinion. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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  I had all the issues with living in a cabin with the chlorine treated water and after 2 months I started with the cough. Looked it up and found out to be the chlorine . Always had well water .  So when we had a glass of wine the cough and tightness of chest went away pronto ! Wow. Then in the hot shower with the steam of the chlorine treated water i was coughing awful. OK, 9:00 a.m. had a glass of wine.  GONE  all symptoms. Now only spring water or artisian water in foods, and coffee, or drinking. Dog got rid of dirreah and gas.   nature at it's best. Fruit of the vine.  WIne !
Since then I have moved to a home of my own with well water and all symptoms have left.  It was the chemicals in the treated water.  I now feel great !
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Im a lifeguard at an indoor waterpark as well. I have recently developed this same cough. It keeps me up at night and only seems to be manageable when I'm actually at work. A few of my friends who have been lifeguarding for several years told me that after so long, your lungs get soused to the clorhine that breathing in an environment without it is hard. The cough usually goes away in the summer when the outside air is more warm and humid, it's more prominent in the winter when the air is cold and dry. It'll go away after about 6 weeks of being away from a clorhine environment, but it can flare up again if exposed. In the meantime, cough syrup can help at night, as well as inhalers and a humidifier for the bedroom. Make sure your boys rinse off before coming home, and shower as soon as they get home to prevent other side effects of clorhine such as swimmers xeriosis and athletes foot/jock itch. Most doctors will prescribe an inhaler and skin cream to lifeguards to help keep them healthy. This cough can open them up to other things such as lung infections, pneumonia, and bronchitis as long as traveling chest colds. Make sure they get plenty of vitamins C and D until it clears up, and for several weeks after. It's painful, it makes my lungs burn, but if you take these steps, it should be a little more comfortable for them. Hope this helped.
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Same issues, but I found that just have a glass of wine or brandy and it is gone !  Found it by accident and it works and I swear by it. I take a shower and breathe in the chlorine so take a few sips of wine. Taa taaa  gone !  All natural and no meds or inhalers. Wine is the fruit of the vine. No doctors, no meds.  My dog is now healthy again also. Fresh artisian water or spring water in all coffee and foods, and water.
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I now live where there is chlorine in the water and i cough after any use or from in the hot shower  and have a tightness in my lungs so I drink a small glass of wine and it stops dead in its tracks. I now only drink spring water or artisian water, No problem.
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