Chlorine and the case of the snotty nose

My son has had a snotty nose for as long as I can remember. There were times when it was better or worse but generally he was snotty!

We removed additives, dairy and gluten. We used homeopathic drops, probiotics and consulted with our naturopath. We used essential oils on his chest and feet and in a diffuser in his room at night which really helped him to breathe better but nothing we did seemed to clear up the problem. I vacuumed more frequently and we even considered having to give away our cat.

Even when he was not particularly snotty, he still seemed to breathe very heavily at night. I was on the verge of taking him to an ENT to have his adenoids and tonsils checked out.

Then one day I showered my kids at the pool immediately after their swimming lessons. That evening at the dinner table my husband and I commented about how clear his nose seemed. He had always been more snotty and sneezed a lot as soon as he got out of the pool at swimming lessons so I knew that the chlorine affected him but I had never realised how much.

Since that day I have been showering the kids and washing their hair at the pool rather than doing it when we got home. Since that day my son’s nose has been clear and he has been sleeping silently. So silently that I actually had to check that we was breathing. We haven’t had to use the diffuser once!

And then I remembered that chlorine was talked about at the Mindd forum. When doing the GAPS diet you are not supposed to swim in a chlorinated pool. It was mentioned more than once during the forum that chlorinated pools should be avoided and that if they need to be used (which they really do here in Australia as swimming lessons are essential) then you should either shower immediately or spray with a mixture of bi-carb and epsom salts. A quick literature search in google scholar revealed plenty of articles about chlorine and nasal congestion. I was kicking myself for not making this change earlier.

Once again this highlights for me how useful it is to think outside the square but also to be attentive to changes in both yourself and your children – notice when symptoms are better or worse and consider what you have been exposed to that day or the previous few days. This includes food, household chemicals, personal care/beauty products and environmental toxins. Keep a diary if you need to and obviously seek medical advice if needed. You can become your own expert. No one knows you and your body like you do!



2 thoughts on “Chlorine and the case of the snotty nose

    • Buy the bi-carb from the supermarket, the epsom salts from a chemist or health food shop and mix them in a spray bottle with some filtered water.

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