Can Water Make Allergies Worse?

Allergy sufferers are affected by everything from nuts to cats to pollen in the air. Many people are surprised to learn, however, that their home’s drinking water also could be a culprit.

Research has shown that many allergies and respiratory conditions such as asthma can be linked to chemicals which are present in tap water. That’s because these chemicals can interfere with a body’s immune system.

When it comes to chemicals in your water, chlorine is a major player. Chlorine is added to water to kill bacteria. However, chlorine can make allergy and asthma symptoms worse. Studies have shown that fumes from a steamy shower can set off an asthma attack. Chlorine also can cause eye and skin irritation as well respiratory issues. Dichlorophenol is another chemical that is used to clean tap water and has been linked to allergies. Finally, fluoride may cause negative reactions in children who have allergies or asthma.

One of best ways to make sure that your home’s water is not the cause of you or a loved one’s allergy or respiratory systems is to consider a water filtering system for your home. This will help eliminate any problems with water that may be causing or worsening allergy symptoms.

Home water filtering systems remove chemicals through a process known as reverse osmosis filtration. Through reverse osmosis, chemicals such as calcium, chlorine and lead, as well as any pesticides, are removed from a home’s water system.

What follows are some other ways to help relieve any allergy symptoms that you suspect may be linked to water:

  1. Avoid public pool. Public pools use chlorine to kill bacteria so are best to avoid. Try to find pools which employ non-chlorine alternatives such as bromine or pools that use ionization to keep water clean.
  2. Go organic. When possible, opt for organic fruits and vegetables that are less likely to have been exposed to chemicals and pesticides.
  3. Keep showers short. Long, hot showers are a no-no. Shorter, cooler showers will limit the absorption of chemicals.
  4. Opt for bottled water. Even if your home drinking water is safe, you aren’t always at home. In such cases, bottled water is a good alternative.
  5. Use distilled water in humidifiers. If you regularly use a humidifier, it is important to use distilled water to fill it. Tap water can form deposits that promote the growth of bacteria that is then released into the air.
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