Three things at the gym that could be causing your allergies

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Three things at the gym that could be causing your allergies

On April 12th, parts of the UK will finally reopen, including gyms. For some, this is fantastic news. From professional goals to personal ones like eating better and exercising more, people want to get out there and feel healthy again.

But along with staying safe and avoiding the coronavirus, you may have to be careful of your allergies too. Here are three things at your gym that could be causing, or worsening, your allergies.


Gyms offer shower gel, hand sanitiser, and sometimes towels. The alcohol in the hand sanitiser, the detergent used to wash the towels, and unknown ingredients in the shower gel may not agree with your skin and cause reactions.

Irritants can cause inflamed, cracked, and painful skin. Avoiding what causes the reaction will usually make the skin clear up after a few days or weeks. But some people can suffer from contact dermatitis in the long-term and it can affect their quality of life. Some may need to seek medical advice. 


While not technically an allergy, the chlorine in the pool can cause irritant dermatitis and worsen eczema. Chlorine rash occurs from frequent swimming, so a quick dip here and there shouldn’t hurt, but may exacerbate pre-existing dermatitis. 

The immune system identifying chlorine as something similar to bacteria or a virus may cause this chlorine rash and lead to it trying to fight it off. Symptoms of chlorine rash include an itchy, red rash, scaling or crusting, and hives.

Cholinergic Urticaria (CU) – allergic to sweat

A reaction brought on by raised body temperature, CU is a type of hives that can range from a mild reaction to life-threatening. Although it’s not clear what causes the reaction, it may be an allergic reaction to sweat

The hives are itchy, tingly, warm, and sometimes feel like they’re burning. In severe cases, other symptoms can accompany the hives, like headaches, salivation, fainting, wheezing, and abdominal cramps, among others. Sometimes CU can cause anaphylaxis

If you’re experiencing hives after your spin class or if your eczema feels irritated after swimming a few laps, you may have an allergy. The only way to be certain and receive the right treatment is to book an allergy test with a professional doctor or allergist.

Allergies shouldn’t get in the way of your life. To book an allergy test, or to get expert advice on how to handle your allergies, get in touch with us now on 02031 433 449.

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