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I've been swimming for years and years, with no problem. But lately (twice, actually) I've had some problems . The first time, last Saturday, I was changing in the locker room after being in the water for about 2 hours, and everything got blurry. My legs hurt, I got a headache, and all the sounds faded and became demented. It lasted for a few minutes, and things got better, but I felt weak and lightheaded the rest of the day. I told my Mom, and she said I was probably coming down with something.

But, 2 days later, I was swimming for gym (completely different pool). I began to feel lightheaded in the water, but they wouldn't let me get out. So I stuck around, and it slowly got worse. Finally, we got out, and I began to feel weak. I was changing again, and things went quiet and blurry. This time it lasted for 10-15 minutes. Now, I was wondering, could I be having a reaction to chlorine? I know I can't be diagnosed (dammit ) over these boards, but any ideas or similar problem? Thanks

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Sometimes I get light headed, and dont feel when I swim. I dont know what its caused from, but usually I get and I feel like Im going to pass right out. Are you really entergetic in the pool? I mean do you swim laps in gym? Usually when we do that then Im about to pass out cuz I get light headed.

Sometimes after I swim I have a little somthing to eat and it helps me out. I dunno why, probably because I lost all my energy.

I know this probably didnt help, but I just wanted to add my 2cents.

If it beomes a big problem go see your doctor and he/she probably can tell you if you are allergic to chlorine or not. I hope this helped a little!!

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Umm...have you been swallowing the water or getting it lodged in your ears? That might cause a problem, though I dunno if it would do that necessarily.

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I believe the lethal dose for swimming pool chlorine is somewhere between lots and huge enormous lots. [compound noun changed by the MizManagement] Its not like chlorine gas or a number of other chlorine compounds.

It won't kill you - but don't quote me on that! I seem to remember reading something about people occasionally becoming allergic to chlorinated water after prolonged exposure, though.

What you're dealing with sounds unpleasant at best.

I'd suggest you go see a doctor, and possibly someone who specialises in allergies. (I forget the word...but I'm sure the unstoppably magnificent Gumdrop Girl will know!) [That'd be an allergist, ThisGuy.]

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My spouse is allergic to chorine in swimming pools but that manifests itself as a skin irritation.

I would definately urge you to follow the other's advice. If those blurry eyes and disorientation attack you while in the pool, it could be dangerous.

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one more thing may be to consider that most people don't realize how much they sweat while they're swimming hard; in addition to all the other pointers, make sure you are drinking enough *fresh* water.

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Thanks for all the advice-my Mom is making an appointment with my doctor soon.

Along the lines of exertion, there really isn't any at all. I teach lessons on Saturdays, so I just walk around in the shallow end. I did a few laps of freestyle in gym, but I was just doing them easy.

ThisGuy-my Global teacher mentioned last year that chlorine, in gas form, was used as a weapon in WWII. Now that was scary...

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