Saf Health Work.  2012 Jun;3(2):101-103.

Allergic to Pool Water

  • 1Center for Skin and Work, Velp, The Netherlands.


To identify the allergy problem of a 36-year old swimming instructor, who experiences heavy itching and rashes whenever she comes in contact with pool water. Patch tests were performed with European standard series and materials from the work floor. A positive patch test to aluminum chloride and flocculant was observed. Occupational dermatitis is, based on a contact allergy to aluminum chloride in the flocculant.


Pool water; Flocculant; Aluminum chloride; Allergic contact dermatitis
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