Pool cleaning chemicals linked to asthma

Research has linked the chemicals used to keep swimming pools clean to a rise in childhood asthma.

The study by Belgian researchers indicates that naturally produced body fluids, sweat and urine, may react with the chlorinated compounds used in the pool water to produce a chemical cocktail that adversely affects the lungs.

The report’s authors believe that this tissue damage in the lining of lungs then leaves those affected more prone to adverse reactions to allergens in the environment that may then trigger asthma. However, the report has already sparked controversy as leading experts have dismissed the claims made in the report.

In all 226 schoolchildren and a number of adults who had been regular swimmers at indoor pools since early childhood were examined. The researchers concluded that the levels of proteins, known to cause damage to cell tissue in the lung, were elevated in the sample of those people who had been exposed to pool water.

The research finding indicated that the protein levels were found to be as high as those individuals who were habitual smokers, and furthermore that the proteins in those individuals who did not swim but had been spectators at the poolside were also elevated.

While concluding that “the increasing exposure of children to chlorination products in indoor pools might be an important cause of the rising incidence of childhood asthma and allergic diseases in industrialised countries,” the authors noted that further epidemiological studies should be undertaken to test their hypothesis.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

24 February 2009
Lubbock Police 'Lost Evidence', Report Finds
Police investigating the death of a man who was found dead in Michael barrymore's swimming pool, lost crucial pieces of evicence, an official report has found. Stuart Lubbock, 31, of Harlow, Essex, died in March 2001 after attending a party at Mr Barrymore's former home in Roydon, Essex.
06 May 2014
UK Asthma Patients Dies Due The Lack Of Care
The first confidential enquiry report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Why asthma still kills, found nearly half (45%, 87 patients) of those included in this study who died from asthma did not have any medical help during the final asthma attack.
06 May 2003
Report slams NHS asthma treatment
An estimated four million asthma sufferers are struggling needlessly with symptoms because the NHS is not providing a high enough standard of care, according to research published today. The findings by a team from the National Asthma Campaign – to coincide with World Asthma Day – indicates that 74% of the 5.
25 November 2010
Workplace Asthma Costs UK At Least £100 Million A Year 

Workplace asthma costs the UK at least £100 million a year, and may be as high as £135 million, reveals research published online in Thorax. 

 An estimated 3,000 new cases of occupational asthma are diagnosed every year in the UK, but the condition is under diagnosed, say the authors.
16 April 2009
Vitamin Link To Asthma Revealed
A relatively low dietary intake of vitamins A and C boosts the risk of asthma, suggests a systematic analysis of the available evidence, published ahead of print in the journal Thorax. These findings clash with a large review of the evidence, which was published last year.