Who doesn’t love Swimming? It is the best way to cool off in Summer and provides unmatched calm and peace. But next time when you hit the pools, remember to pack your goggles too to prevent your eyes from getting bloodshot. You might think that reason behind red eyes after Swimming is Chlorine found in Pool. Don’t you?
Well you are not totally wrong. It is not only chlorine but a compound that is formed when Chlorine reacts with Human Urine called Chloramine. You heard it right! Remember the time when you peed in a public pool? Yeah, Karma hits back hard. In the form of blood.
“Chlorine binds with all the things it’s trying to kill from your bodies, and it forms these chemical irritants. That’s what’s stinging your eyes. It’s the chlorine binding to the urine and the sweat,” CDC program leader Michael J. Beach told Women’s Health.
This report has been published by Healthy Swimming Program, a collaboration between the US Centers for Disease Control, the Water Quality and Health Council, and the National Swimming Pool Foundation. The prevailing association of red-eye with chlorine hints at how common the ailment is and, therefore, how much urine we’re splashing around in. Even the greatest of Swimmers like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have confessed to leak underwater.
Red eye is definitely gross now that you know that it is caused by Human Urine and Sweat, it’s just a minor setback when you read about all its effects. Recent research reveals that chlorine’s reaction with two chemicals in urine—urea and uric acid—creates two poisonous gases that can hurt people’s lungs, hearts, and central nervous systems. To make matter worse, Chlorine doesn’t kill some of the most insidious types of bacteria fast enough to prevent infections. For instance, a bacteria called Cryptosporidium—“Crypto” for short—can linger in chlorinated pools for days. So much bad news pouring out for you, Swimming suddenly has started to look scary.
The safety precautions you take while you go swimming next time is totally dependent on you. Make sure to carry your glasses with you. That’s the only protection your eyes need. You can’t help but gloating some water, try to do it less. And Yes, the most important one. Please don’t Pee in Pool. You might think it’s fun but it eventually it’s going back to your body. Can you imagine consuming your own pee? No right? So Act!