Question about pools and lotion

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 1:19am
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Here is a question/situation I've been battling with for 2 years.....

As most of us know, many lotions, shampoos, sunscreens, hairsprays, etc. contain nut oils/nut derivatives and sesame. We have very good friends who purchased a swimming pool and have invited us to swim with our children many times. We have gone over but none of us have gotten in the pool as of yet because it is impossible to monitor the personal care products people use who have been in their pool. I am concerned that some type of nut oil may be floating in the water from someone's lotion or shampoo and could be accidentally swallowed or absorbed through the skin.

My daughter has had anaphylactic skin reactions to peanuts/tree nuts. My son, not yet but he is off the charts in his numbers also.

Am I being paranoid? Does anyone have any suggestions?

Blessed Mom

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 3:19am
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Interesting question, and I am sorry I don't have an answer but I am interested to see what posts come from here...
I would speak to your allergist about this in greater detail. If the pool is cleaned...does this elimate the oils etc? On ? that line if those that are allergic to seafood, can they swim in an ocean? Those that are allergic to fish, can they swim in a small lake?

Posted on: Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:20am
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I don't have an answer. But I do have a pool. There are so many chemicals and chlorine in the water that I bet that any protien from lotion ect that may get into the water is dialuted and broken down. I would not be worried at all.
Therese

Posted on: Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:36am
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I've never heard of any kind of allergic reaction due to the oils in a pool, although some atopic children do react to the chlorine.
I think you're over-worrying on this one. Although contact reactions are real [url="http://www.allergymoms.com/modules/wordpress/index.php?p=426"](I actually just blogged about this today)[/url] if someone did have a peanut/nut oil on them and got into the pool with it, the amount would be diluted into all of that water. I think it would be highly unlikely that your child would react.
Chances are, that if you take your kids out to eat, shopping, visiting, amusement parks etc, they have come into contact with peanut or nut residue. Perhaps some of those times caused a "mystery hive" or two or maybe nothing much happened because there wasnt enough to trigger a reaction.
It is so hard to balance safety with a "normal" life but in the end, the best thing we can do is to try. It's hard. We really cant make our kids 100% safe in any way (whether they are food allergic or not)
If you're still really worried, just run it by your allergist. Perhaps he/she can give you the reassurance to "take the plunge"
Take care,
Gina
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Posted on: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 6:56am
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My son went to the pool often last summer and he was fine. He is quite sensitive and has had contact reactions (skin) previously. However my husband did get him out of the pool and bring him home when some one came to the pool with a big tub of cashews.
He is treenut as well.

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2008 - 3:03am
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Thank you for the comforting thoughts. I do tend to overthink, it's a stressful habit that I'm trying to stop. I feel much better knowing there are other allergic children swimming with no problems. SIGH OF RELIEF......
Blessed Mom

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 3:19am
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Interesting question, and I am sorry I don't have an answer but I am interested to see what posts come from here...
I would speak to your allergist about this in greater detail. If the pool is cleaned...does this elimate the oils etc? On ? that line if those that are allergic to seafood, can they swim in an ocean? Those that are allergic to fish, can they swim in a small lake?

Posted on: Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:20am
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I don't have an answer. But I do have a pool. There are so many chemicals and chlorine in the water that I bet that any protien from lotion ect that may get into the water is dialuted and broken down. I would not be worried at all.
Therese

Posted on: Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:36am
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I've never heard of any kind of allergic reaction due to the oils in a pool, although some atopic children do react to the chlorine.
I think you're over-worrying on this one. Although contact reactions are real [url="http://www.allergymoms.com/modules/wordpress/index.php?p=426"](I actually just blogged about this today)[/url] if someone did have a peanut/nut oil on them and got into the pool with it, the amount would be diluted into all of that water. I think it would be highly unlikely that your child would react.
Chances are, that if you take your kids out to eat, shopping, visiting, amusement parks etc, they have come into contact with peanut or nut residue. Perhaps some of those times caused a "mystery hive" or two or maybe nothing much happened because there wasnt enough to trigger a reaction.
It is so hard to balance safety with a "normal" life but in the end, the best thing we can do is to try. It's hard. We really cant make our kids 100% safe in any way (whether they are food allergic or not)
If you're still really worried, just run it by your allergist. Perhaps he/she can give you the reassurance to "take the plunge"
Take care,
Gina
[url="http://www.allergymoms.com"]AllergyMoms.com[/url]

Posted on: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 6:56am
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My son went to the pool often last summer and he was fine. He is quite sensitive and has had contact reactions (skin) previously. However my husband did get him out of the pool and bring him home when some one came to the pool with a big tub of cashews.
He is treenut as well.

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2008 - 3:03am
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Thank you for the comforting thoughts. I do tend to overthink, it's a stressful habit that I'm trying to stop. I feel much better knowing there are other allergic children swimming with no problems. SIGH OF RELIEF......
Blessed Mom

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