Subject:Asthma like symptoms after swimming in pool
Not a poll. I just clicked wrong
I have experienced this in minor degrees after swimming in other pools but my current pool seems to make it much worse. Basically within a few hours of a swim-the longer or harder my swim the more severe the symptoms, I experienced some chest congestion, tightness and difficulty breathing deep. It is very similar to the childhood asthma I used to experience. It does not happen after cycling or running or after open water swims. It has never happened after a pool tri, but these are short and I am out of the water in a few minutes vs and hour or so during a workout. Benadryl and other OTC allergy meds may have helped but that is anecdotal so I am not sure. I don't know what I am experiencing, if it is just me or what. It is a lightly used pool with a gym, mostly weightlifters come in and do that weird hot tub to pool thing before heading to the sauna and water aerobics ladies in the morning-very few lap swimmers that I can see. has anyone had this type of experience? Solutions or ideas?
Subject:RE: Asthma like symptoms after swimming in pool
Yep, in high school. One of the main reasons I quite HS swimming (I was in the midwest, and it was a winter sport). Unfortunately pool chemicals can be a trigger for asthma if the ventilation's not good. Some pools set me off, others don't. Our training pool didn't, but it was always a crap shot at away meets. One of my worst experiences involved an attack in the middle of a 200 butterfly race (a near-death experience WITHOUT asthma)--had to be pulled from the pool. I don't get attacks very often, and they are usually coughing or just feeling really short of breath rather than classic wheezing, so my coach (who was an MD) thought they were panic attacks, bad pacing, or swallowing water. Actually was never diagnosed with asthma until my late 20's but in retrospect I had it since early childhood. You can try asthma meds before swimming, or change pools if that's doable.