Swimming Pool Chlorine Rash

swimming pool chlorine rash
Q) I love to swim, especially in the hot summer months. But the chlorine in the water makes my skin itchy, dry and red. How can I cure this condition?<br /><br />Ans) If you stay in the pool for too long, you’ll get dry, chalky skin, and sometimes a red, itchy rash. This is because chlorine in the water strips away the surface layer of oil that usually locks the moisture into your skin. The best way to protect your skin is to avoid chlorine as much as possible, and to take short, warm showers or baths to rinse off skin. There are also cosmeceutic products available to swimmers, which neutralize chlorine and block chemicals from drying the skin. Be careful to use a mild cleanser with moisturizing properties that are free of fragrances and dyes for your shower after the swim since harsh soaps and alcohol-based products can wash away the natural oils of your skin. Also get your skin exfoliated and moisturized on regular basis at a dermatologist’s clinic to help skin hydrate and revive from the chlorine and sun damage in summers.<br /><br />#FAQ #answer #questions #chlorine #water #swim #summers #affect #dry #skin #body #hair #care #skintips #dermatologist #cosmeceutic #products #natural #oil #medifacial #hydrate #rejuvenate #soaps #mild #cleansers #clinic #Delhi #Appleskin<br /><br />www.appleskinclinic.co.in 
Did you know CO2 can help in reducing chlorine levels and therefore eye irritation after swimming?
10 toxic chemicals in personal care products http://b4in.org/qF1C<br /><br />Opting for locally sourced, whole foods is a critical step in taking care of your personal health. But, being concerned about what food goes into your mouth is only half the battle. You may be surprised to learn the personal care items you and your family are using – every day – are putting your health in jeopardy because of the toxic chemicals inside.<br /><br />From cleansers to cosmetics, the personal care products lurking in your home may contain known cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins. Make the switch (today), because the use of chemical-free shampoo and other natural personal care products will greatly reduce your exposure to harmful substances.<br /><br />Are you using these cancer-causing (toxic) personal care ingredients?<br /><br />1. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES): These closely related chemicals pop up in everything from industrial soaps to toothpaste, and are contained in nearly all shampoos and foaming products. They are known to cause skin irritation, serious eye damage, diarrhea, breathing difficulty – even death – in laboratory animals.<br /><br />The American College of Toxicology has found these chemicals can cause malformation in the eyes of children, while other research shows SLS in particular can damage the immune system, potentially leaving the body open to damage, disorders and disease, including cancer. Toxic residues can be left behind in the heart, brain and liver.<br /><br />2. FD&C color pigments: They may seem like harmless colorants, but the many pigments finding their way into personal care products can damage the skin. In addition, it’s been shown that absorption of some of these colorants can deplete the body of oxygen, and in extreme cases, lead to death. The majority of these pigments are made from coal tar – a substance known to cause cancer in laboratory animals.<br /><br />3. Isopropyl alcohol: How many times have you noticed this chemical listed on the ingredients of lotions, fragrances, cosmetics and similar products? You might think because of its widespread use that isopropyl alcohol is safe. But in reality, this petroleum-derived substance is the same chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. Both inhalation and ingestion are dangerous – leading to dizziness, depression, vomiting, nausea and coma.<br /><br />4. Polyethylene glycol (PEG): These hard-working chemicals are used to dissolve oil and grease, as well as thicken products. They are even used as oven cleaners. Yet, PEGs also find their way into many of the personal care products you use every day. Potentially carcinogenic, PEGs are known to damage the immune system and exposure can lead to cancer.<br /><br />5. Chlorine: Despite being used in swimming pools, laundry products, sewage systems and tap water – among other applications – chlorine is far from harmless. This chemical is widely known to cause delirium, diabetes, high blood pressure, circulatory collapse, and a host of other serious conditions. It is also a likely carcinogen. While you may not see chlorine on product labels, it’s important that you protect your skin from contact with it.<br /><br />More http://b4in.org/qF1C

HAND SKIMMER: A screen attached to a frame which is then attached to a telescopic pole used to remove large floating debris, such as leaves and bugs, from the water's surface.

HEATER: A fossil-fueled, electric or solar device used to heat the water of a pool, hot tub or hot tub.

NEUTRALIZER: A chemical used to make chlorine or bromine harmless. Used in test kits to counteract the bleaching effect of the chlorine or bromine in order to increase the accuracy of pool water tests. Sold as chlorine and bromine neutralizer, it is used to destroy excessive amounts of chlorine or bromine so the high levels will not affect swimmers.

OXIDIZER: A non-chlorine shocking compound that removes or destroys built-up contaminants and chloramines in pool water without raising chlorine levels.

PUMP: A mechanical device, usually powered by an electric motor, which causes hydraulic flow and pressure for the purpose of filtration, heating and circulation of pool and hot tub water. Typically, a centrifugal pump is used for pools, spas and hot tubs.

PUMP CAPACITY: The volume of liquid a pump is capable of moving during a specified period of time. This is usually listed in gallons per minute or gpm.

pH: Abbreviation for Potential Hydrogen. Indicates the level of acidity or alkalinity of water on a scale ranging from 0-15. A low pH can cause etched plaster, metal corrosion and eye irritation. A high pH can cause scale formation, chlorine inefficiency and eye irritation. The ideal range for pH in swimming pools is typically 7.4 to 7.6.

SANITIZERS: Chemical compounds designed to kill bacteria, algae and other living organisms. Also protects water from the effects of the sun.

SHOCK TREATMENT: The practice of adding significant amounts of an oxidizing chemical -- (usually non-chlorine oxidizers, such as sodium persulfate or potassium peroxymonosulfate) -- to the water to destroy ammonia and nitrogen compounds caused by swimmers, the environment and/or weather.

SKIMMER: A device installed through the wall of a pool or hot tub that is connected to the suction line of the pump that draws water and floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing much flow restriction.

SKIMMER BASKET: A removable, slotted basket or strainer placed in the skimmer on the suction side of the pump, which is designed to trap floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing flow restriction.

TEST KIT: An apparatus or device used to monitor specific chemical residuals, levels, constituents or demands in pool or hot tub water. The most common pool and hot tub water tests are: pH, total alkalinity, free available chlorine, water hardness, cyanuric acid, iron and copper.

TURBIDITY: The cloudy condition of the water due to the presence of extremely fine particles in suspension that cannot be trapped by the filter because they are too small. Adding a clarifier, such as an organic polymer or alum, will coagulate the particles and make the filter more efficient.

WATER CLARIFIER: Also called coagulant or flocculant . A chemical compound used to gather (coagulate or agglomerate) or to precipitate suspended particles so they may be removed by vacuuming or filtration. There are two types; inorganic salts of aluminum (alum) and other metals or water-soluble organic polyelectrolytes.

WEIR: The small floating "door" on the side of the skimmer that faces the water over which water flows on its way to the skimmer. Adjusts automatically to small changes in water level to assure a continuous flow of water to the skimmer. The weir also prevents debris from floating back into the pool after the pump shuts off. Also known as a skimmer weir.">GLOSSARY OF POOL TERMS from swimmingpool.com #poolcare<br /><br />AIR-RELIEF VALVE: A manually-operated  valve located at the top of a filter tank for relieving the pressure inside the filter and removing the air inside the filter (bleeding the filter). Also known as a pressure-relief valve.<br /><br />ALGAE: Microscopic plant-like organisms that contain chlorophyll. Algae is nourished by carbon dioxide (CO2) and use sunlight to carry out photosynthesis. It can be introduced by rain or wind and grows in colonies, producing nuisance masses. Algae can harbor bacteria and can be slippery. There are thousands of known species of algae. The most common types of algae found in pools are black, blue-green, green and mustard .<br /><br />ALGAECIDES: Chemical compounds designed to kill, prevent and control algae.<br /><br />AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANER: A pool maintenance system that will agitate and/or vacuum debris from the pool interior automatically.<br /><br />BACKFLOW: The backing up of water through a pipe in the direction opposite to normal flow.<br /><br />BACKWASH: The process of thoroughly cleaning the filter by reversing the flow of water through it with the dirt and rinse water going to waste.<br /><br />BALANCERS: Chemical compound designed to prevent corrosion and staining by balancing the pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness in pool water.<br /><br />BROMIDE: A common term for a bromide salt used to supply bromide ions to the water so they may be oxidized or changed into hypobromous acid. Used as a disinfectant.<br /><br />BROMINE: A common name for a chemical compound containing bromine that is used as a disinfectant to destroy bacteria and algae in swimming pools and spas.<br /><br />CENTRIFUGAL PUMP: A pump consisting of an impeller fixed on a rotating shaft and enclosed in a casing or volute and having an inlet and a discharge connection. The rotating impeller creates pressure in the water by the velocity derived from the centrifugal force.<br /><br />CHECK VALVE: A mechanical device in a pipe that permits the flow of water or air in one direction only.<br /><br />CHEMICAL FEEDER: A device that dispenses chemicals into pool or hot tub water at a predetermined rate. Some dispense chlorine or bromine while others dispense pH-adjusting chemicals.<br /><br />CHLORINE NEUTRALIZER: A chemical used to make chlorine harmless. Used in test kits to counteract the bleaching effect of the chlorine or bromine in order to increase the accuracy of pool water tests. Sold as chlorine and bromine neutralizer, it is used to destroy excessive amounts of chlorine or bromine so the high levels will not affect swimmers.<br /><br />CHLORINE: A term used to describe any type of chlorine compound used as a disinfectant in swimming pool and hot tub water or to kill, destroy or control bacteria and algae. In addition, chlorine oxidizes ammonia and nitrogen compounds cause by swimmers.<br /><br />COPING: The cap or top lip on the pool or hot tub wall that provides a finished edge around the pool or spa.<br /><br />CORROSION: The etching, pitting or eating away of the pool or hot tub or equipment. Can be caused by improper water balance, misuse of acid or acidic products or from soft water.<br /><br />COVER, SOLAR: A cover that, when placed on the water's surface of a pool, hot tub or hot tub, increases the water temperature by absorption and transmission of solar radiation; reduces evaporation and prevents debris from entering the water.<br /><br />D.E.: Diatomaceous Earth — a porous substance used in certain types of pool filters.<br /><br />DRAIN: This term usually refers to a plumbing fitting installed on the suction side of the pump in pools, spas and hot tubs. Sometimes called the main drain, it is located in the deepest part of the pool, hot tub or hot tub. It does not function like a drain on a kitchen sink. Pool main drains do not allow the water to drain to waste but rather connect to the pump for circulation and filtration.<br /><br />FIBERGLASS: Finespun filaments of glass which are available in a rope or mat form. When used in a process with polyester resins, catalysts and hardeners, can be formed or molded into pools and spas.<br /><br />FILTER: A device that removes dissolved or suspended particles from water by recirculating the water through a porous substance (a filter medium or element). The three types of filters used in pools and spas are sand, cartridge and D.E. (diatomaceous earth).<br /><br />FILTRATION RATE: The rate at which the water is traveling through the filter, expressed in U.S. gallons per minute (gpm) per square foot of filter area.<br /><br />FLOW RATE: The quantity of water flowing past a designated point within a specified time, such as the number of gallons flowing past a point in 1 minute — also known as gallons per minute or gpm.<br /><br />GUNITE: A mixture of cement and sand sprayed onto contoured and supported surfaces to build a pool. Gunite is mixed and pumped to the site dry, and water is added at the point of application. Plaster is usually applied over the gunite.<br /><br />GUTTER: An overflow trough at the edge of the pool through which floating debris, oil and other
HAND SKIMMER: A screen attached to a frame which is then attached to a telescopic pole used to remove large floating debris, such as leaves and bugs, from the water's surface.

HEATER: A fossil-fueled, electric or solar device used to heat the water of a pool, hot tub or hot tub.

NEUTRALIZER: A chemical used to make chlorine or bromine harmless. Used in test kits to counteract the bleaching effect of the chlorine or bromine in order to increase the accuracy of pool water tests. Sold as chlorine and bromine neutralizer, it is used to destroy excessive amounts of chlorine or bromine so the high levels will not affect swimmers.

OXIDIZER: A non-chlorine shocking compound that removes or destroys built-up contaminants and chloramines in pool water without raising chlorine levels.

PUMP: A mechanical device, usually powered by an electric motor, which causes hydraulic flow and pressure for the purpose of filtration, heating and circulation of pool and hot tub water. Typically, a centrifugal pump is used for pools, spas and hot tubs.

PUMP CAPACITY: The volume of liquid a pump is capable of moving during a specified period of time. This is usually listed in gallons per minute or gpm.

pH: Abbreviation for Potential Hydrogen. Indicates the level of acidity or alkalinity of water on a scale ranging from 0-15. A low pH can cause etched plaster, metal corrosion and eye irritation. A high pH can cause scale formation, chlorine inefficiency and eye irritation. The ideal range for pH in swimming pools is typically 7.4 to 7.6.

SANITIZERS: Chemical compounds designed to kill bacteria, algae and other living organisms. Also protects water from the effects of the sun.

SHOCK TREATMENT: The practice of adding significant amounts of an oxidizing chemical -- (usually non-chlorine oxidizers, such as sodium persulfate or potassium peroxymonosulfate) -- to the water to destroy ammonia and nitrogen compounds caused by swimmers, the environment and/or weather.

SKIMMER: A device installed through the wall of a pool or hot tub that is connected to the suction line of the pump that draws water and floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing much flow restriction.

SKIMMER BASKET: A removable, slotted basket or strainer placed in the skimmer on the suction side of the pump, which is designed to trap floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing flow restriction.

TEST KIT: An apparatus or device used to monitor specific chemical residuals, levels, constituents or demands in pool or hot tub water. The most common pool and hot tub water tests are: pH, total alkalinity, free available chlorine, water hardness, cyanuric acid, iron and copper.

TURBIDITY: The cloudy condition of the water due to the presence of extremely fine particles in suspension that cannot be trapped by the filter because they are too small. Adding a clarifier, such as an organic polymer or alum, will coagulate the particles and make the filter more efficient.

WATER CLARIFIER: Also called coagulant or flocculant . A chemical compound used to gather (coagulate or agglomerate) or to precipitate suspended particles so they may be removed by vacuuming or filtration. There are two types; inorganic salts of aluminum (alum) and other metals or water-soluble organic polyelectrolytes.

WEIR: The small floating "door" on the side of the skimmer that faces the water over which water flows on its way to the skimmer. Adjusts automatically to small changes in water level to assure a continuous flow of water to the skimmer. The weir also prevents debris from floating back into the pool after the pump shuts off. Also known as a skimmer weir." src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_YVGoM2U948/VMBogqxdinI/AAAAAAAAAJg/BDcNpueC0WI/14389.jpg" width="100" height="100" />
10 Toxic Chemicals In Personal Care Products http://bit.ly/1yDJ3fP<br /><br />Opting for locally sourced, whole foods is a critical step in taking care of your personal health. But, being concerned about what food goes into your mouth is only half the battle. You may be surprised to learn the personal care items you and your family are using – every day – are putting your health in jeopardy because of the toxic chemicals inside.<br /><br />From cleansers to cosmetics, the personal care products lurking in your home may contain known cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins. Make the switch (today), because the use of chemical-free shampoo and other natural personal care products will greatly reduce your exposure to harmful substances.<br /><br />Are you using these cancer-causing (toxic) personal care ingredients?<br /><br />1. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES): These closely related chemicals pop up in everything from industrial soaps to toothpaste, and are contained in nearly all shampoos and foaming products. They are known to cause skin irritation, serious eye damage, diarrhea, breathing difficulty – even death – in laboratory animals.<br /><br />The American College of Toxicology has found these chemicals can cause malformation in the eyes of children, while other research shows SLS in particular can damage the immune system, potentially leaving the body open to damage, disorders and disease, including cancer. Toxic residues can be left behind in the heart, brain and liver.<br /><br />2. FD&C color pigments: They may seem like harmless colorants, but the many pigments finding their way into personal care products can damage the skin. In addition, it’s been shown that absorption of some of these colorants can deplete the body of oxygen, and in extreme cases, lead to death. The majority of these pigments are made from coal tar – a substance known to cause cancer in laboratory animals.<br /><br />3. Isopropyl alcohol: How many times have you noticed this chemical listed on the ingredients of lotions, fragrances, cosmetics and similar products? You might think because of its widespread use that isopropyl alcohol is safe. But in reality, this petroleum-derived substance is the same chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. Both inhalation and ingestion are dangerous – leading to dizziness, depression, vomiting, nausea and coma.<br /><br />4. Polyethylene glycol (PEG): These hard-working chemicals are used to dissolve oil and grease, as well as thicken products. They are even used as oven cleaners. Yet, PEGs also find their way into many of the personal care products you use every day. Potentially carcinogenic, PEGs are known to damage the immune system and exposure can lead to cancer.<br /><br />5. Chlorine: Despite being used in swimming pools, laundry products, sewage systems and tap water – among other applications – chlorine is far from harmless. This chemical is widely known to cause delirium, diabetes, high blood pressure, circulatory collapse, and a host of other serious conditions. It is also a likely carcinogen. While you may not see chlorine on product labels, it’s important that you protect your skin from contact with it.<br /><br />More http://bit.ly/1yDJ3fP
How to protect your #skin, #hair from pool chlorine!<br /><br />Swimming or relaxing in the pool during these hot summers may give you the much needed respite from the scorching heat, but this joyous moment can also bring trauma to your skin and hair.<br /><br />This is mostly because of chlorine, a bacteria and germ fighting ingredient that is added to most pools to keep them clean and fresh.<br /><br />Hence, celebrity Dermatologist Kiran Lohia, Medical Director of Lumiere Dermatology, New Delhi, tells you how to keep pool chrorine from destroying your hair and skin and look gorgeous even as you continue to enjoy your regular swimming.<br /><br />For your Skin<br /><br />The chlorine in your pool may help keep it clean, but it can be quite drying and irritating to the skin. Repetitive chlorine exposure can cause swimmer’s itch or dermatitis, resulting in this particularly phenomena. Furthermore, if the pH (acid-base balance) of the pool and chlorine is not balanced to 7.2-7.5, then these symptoms can worsen; leaving your skin with a red rash that is uncomfortable to say the least.<br /><br />So, how do you solve this? First of all, make sure the pH of the pool is balanced to the required pH, thereby reducing your risk of this pesky issue. Then, make sure you wash the chlorine off your skin immediately after you swim so that this chemical cannot cause further damage. Finally, make sure you use a good body lotion immediately before you go in the pool to protect your skin and after you shower to seal moisture in. This doubling up of your lotion usage will help improve your skin so you can continue your pool swimming!<br /><br />For your Hair<br /><br />Unfortunately, chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair shaft. Hair has a protective layer of natural sebum that keeps it supple and shiny. Chlorine has a drying effect that strips those oils right off, causing hair to break and look frizzy and aged.<br /><br />Chlorine and salt can also get under the hair’s cuticles; the scale-like layers that cover the shaft and make it look shiny and smooth. The cuticles usually are flat, but when they’re roughed-up, bumpy and uneven, the hair looks brittle and unmanageable. The worst part is that the problems of too much chlorine doesn’t just look and feel unappealing; it can also weaken the hair so much that you get breakage, split ends and the hair ultimately becomes too fragile to style.<br /><br />Luckily, preventing chlorine damage is possible. The best thing to do is to start wearing a swim cap. This tightly adherent cap will prevent the water from affecting the hair, so that you can keep your treasured locks gorgeous. Now, for those that feel uncomfortable in swim caps,<br /><br />There is also a solution for those that feel uncomfortable in swim caps. First of all, you can try to wet your hair with fresh water first, so that less chlorine water can saturate the already wet hair. Another option is to apply oil or conditioner before entering the pool, so that you can have a protective barrier on your hair cuticle.<br /><br />#Health #HealthTips #LatestMedicalNews<br />www.medibiztv.com
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Any pet owner will tell you that their animals are a part of their family and welcome guests at any summer pool party or barbecue. In the midst of all that family fun, safety should still be a top priority.<br /><br />Safe swimming for dogs<br />Pools can be great for dogs who love to go for a swim, especially on a hot summer day. There are a few advantages of dogs going for a dip with their owners in the backyard pool—it helps to keep them cool and is a great source of exercise—but there are many safety considerations dog owners should keep in mind.<br /><br />Many breeds are naturals in the water and quite adept at swimming. However, even the strongest swimmers should fall under the same rules as children. Never leave your dog unsupervised in a pool or any other body of water (e.g. lake, pond or river). For this reason, it is important to fence off your pool from your pet so they can not get there without human supervision.<br /><br />Furthermore, not all breeds are good swimmers. In fact, some dogs, such as the pug or bulldog, are not naturally keen on water and are not natural swimmers, due mostly to their weight distribution and mass. These dogs should avoid all water that is deeper than their chest height.<br /><br />It is important to be especially diligent in watching puppies and older dogs around the pool. Puppies may take naturally to water if it is part of their breed, but they still need to be closely monitored for signs of fatigue or distress. Older dogs have less energy; if they have medical conditions, they can lose their balance and risk falling into the pool.<br /><br />Teaching your pet pool safety<br />If you have a pool, have recently gotten a new puppy and intend to let the puppy swim in the pool, it is a great idea to teach the dog some basic pool safety. You will need to ensure there is a way for the dog to easily get out of the pool and teach them how to use it. If your pool has built-in stairs the dog can use, that's great. If you don't have any easy access built in, you may want to purchase a ramp they can use to easily get out of the pool on their own.<br /><br />You should never throw a dog into a pool. Even if the dog has been in the pool before and is adept at swimming, it could very likely be traumatic for the animal and could lead to panic while in the water. Also never submerge your animal or play roughly with it in the pool, as this behaviour could also lead to panic and fear.<br /><br />Keeping your cat safe<br />If you have a cat, it will probably instinctually avoid a pool as most cats are hesitant to get wet. If you have an outdoor cat, the best way to ensure they do not get into the pool is to install a floating pool alarm, which will sound if the surface is disturbed.<br /><br />The best advice is to keep your animal away from the pool when it is not in use. A fence with a locking gate is an ideal solution to ensure your animal does not wander into the pool area when they are not supposed to be there.<br /><br />Protecting your pet from pool chemicals<br />A big part of owning a pool is the maintenance, which inevitably involves cleaning with chemicals such as chlorine. It is important to remember that dogs should never drink chlorinated water. Ensure your dog has a supply of fresh water nearby, both to avoid the temptation and to keep them hydrated. You also need to make sure your chemical mix in the pool is correct. If you use too much chlorine, it will upset your dogs eyes; if you use too little, green algae can occur and make your dog ill. When in doubt, consult a pool maintenance professional about your chemical use.<br /><br />Even if your chemical content is spot-on, chlorine can still cause problems for your pets. As with people, chlorine can make your dog's skin itch if it is not washed off after he or she leaves the pool. Use a clean supply of water, such as a garden hose, to wash your animal off. This will rinse its fur and skin of most of the chlorine, reducing the risk of skin irritation, not to mention lessen the risk of the dog licking its fur and accidentally ingesting chlorine residue.<br /><br />Dogs are curious creatures who tend to be interested in everything around them. They are usually eager and want to sniff and explore, so make sure the chemicals you use in your pool are safety stored away in a pool house, shed or garage so the dog can't get near them. Even a small taste of those potent cleaners can make your dog quite ill.<br /><br />Pet CPR<br />The best precaution you can take to protect your furry friend is to take a pet CPR and first aid course. This is especially encouraged this for pet owners with pools.<br /><br />As fun as the pool can be for pets, accidents do happen; being able to resuscitate your pet if needed will help you prevent those tragedies from occurring.<br /><br />Ian McConachie is senior communicator with the Toronto Humane Society. He can be reached via e-mail at imcconachie@torontohumanesociety.com.
Magrabi Optical It's the season to head to the swimming pool!<br />If chlorine gets into your eyes, rush to the closest sink and wash your eyes with slightly warm water.<br />Make sure not to add soap, as it would increase eye irritation!<br />#Dubai #healthy #tipsoftheday #UAE #دبي #أبوظبي #Abudhabi
10 Reasons to Use a Shower Filter<br /><br />1- The EPA has stated that every household in the United States has elevated levels of chloroform in the air due to chlorine released from showering water.<br /><br />2- Tap water often contains at least as much, if not more, chlorine than is recommended for use in swimming pools.<br /><br />3- More chlorine enters the body through dermal absorption and inhalation while showering than through drinking tap water.<br /><br />4- The chlorine in showering water has harsh, drying effects on skin and hair.<br /><br />5- Skin pores widen while showering, making dermal absorption of chlorine and other chemicals possible.<br /><br />6- The chlorine in showering water can cause rashes and other skin irritations when absorbed by the skin.<br /><br />7- Chemicals in showering water vaporize at a much faster rate than the actual water. Thus, the steam in a shower contains a much higher concentration of chemicals than the water itself.<br /><br />8- Inhaled chemicals make their way into the bloodstream much more quickly than ingested chemicals, without the added filtration benefits of digestion.<br /><br />9- More water contaminants are released into the air of a home from the shower than from any other source.<br /><br />10- Chlorine is a suspected cause of breast cancer. Women suffering from breast cancer are all found to have 50-60 percent more chlorine in their breast tissue than healthy women.<br /><br />http://www.watermart.com/<br />http://bit.ly/17pVEI5
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM SKIN ASTHMA?<br />PSORIASIS?<br />ECZEMA?<br />SKIN CANCER?<br />PIMPLE PRONE?<br /><br />ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS WITH DANDRUFF?<br /><br /><br />DID YOU KNOW THAT EVEN TAKING A BATH CAN HARM YOUR HEALTH?!<br />DID YOU KNOW THAT BABIES ARE EXPOSED WITH PATHOGENS EVEN WITH THEIR FIRST BATH?<br /><br />DID YOU KNOW THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU TOOK A BATH LATELY IT ALREADY TOOK A PART OF YOUR LIFE?<br /><br /><br /><br />WHY?<br /><br /><br /><br />HERE'S HOW...<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />WINSPA Dechlorinating showerhead gives you a healthier life<br /><br /><br /><br />Anion: produces anion while showering, gives skin protection;<br />Relieves: balancing autonomic nerves system;<br />Stress: relaxing shower experience;<br />Dechlorinating: removes chlorine, give your family the best protection from toxic in the water;<br />Bio-energy: smaller water molecule with bio eneregy, purifies your skinpores;<br />Massage: better water quality that gives you a relaxing massage.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The Importance of Anion<br /><br /><br />The modern lifestyle has cause a great change in our nature and environment. This change has reduced the amount of anion in air. Less anion in the air means the imbalance of cation and anion in human body that makes the body acidic and causes illness.<br /><br />Relieves stress is the first step into a healthy life<br />- Nowadays, the pollution and other issues in our daily life cause imbalance in our autonomic nerves system. This lead to problems such as headache, migraine, insomnia and other illness.<br />- A serious autonomic nerves system imbalance will also affect the inner secretion system and cause problems in our immunity system. This problem will lead to illness such as cancer, etc.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Balancing Autonomic Nerves System<br /><br /><br /><br />- WINALITE dechlorinating showerhead will produce a great amount of anion while showering. It helps you relax and reduce stress, therefore balancing autonomic nerves system.<br />- When the autonomic nerves system is balanced, the body immune system will work properly, therefore protectiong your body from illness and diseases.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Enjoy Spa Massage and Shower in Your Home Every Day<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />- The water that flows through the showerhead gives you massaging experience. This will relieve your stress and helps your body relax every time you’re showering. Enjoy while the small water molecules penetrate your pores and clean your skin thoroughly.<br />- Water with small molecule has the ability to penetrate your skin pores and will help in cleaning your body thoroughly.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Removes Chlorine from Water<br /><br /><br />- Research shows that water contains lots of material that is harmful for our body, the most common one is chlorine. WINALITE dechlorinating showerhead helps you remove the chlorine and other toxic material from the water.<br />- Removes chlorine from water and increases anion content at the same time. Removes chlorine from water and increases anion content at the same time.<br /><br />WinSpa Showerhead promises refreshing & rejuvenating showers and offers surprising health<br />and cosmetic benefits to its users. Lets your skin and hair feel soft and silky, radiating a healthy glow!<br />CONCERNS<br /><br /><br />* People who are concerned about the water they drink or use for cooking, use filtered, distilled or boiled water. But sadly, not many people know that chlorinated shower water can be dangerous to your health.<br /><br />* Dangers of chlorine:<br /><br /><br />o Chlorine is a toxic chemical that has been used to disinfect water supplies for centuries.<br /><br />o Chlorine reacts with substances present in the water to produce trihalomethanes (THMs) which triggers free radicals that are highly carcinogenic.<br /><br />o A report in the American Journal of Public Health links chlorine INCREASE RISK FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF CANCER, SKIN IRRITATIONS AND ASTHMA. It is stated that “up to 2/3 of the harmful exposure was due to SKIN ABSORPTION AND INHALATION OF CHLORINE IN SHOWER WATER.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />DANGERS OF CHLORINE IN SHOWER WATER<br /><br /><br /><br />HEALTH: Chlorine can overtime cause respiratory difficulties, corrosion of the teeth, inflammation of the mucous membranes and increased susceptibility to emphysema, pneumonia, tuberculosis and even cancer<br />SKIN: Showering in chlorinated tap water robs skin of their natural protective oils, dry out the skin causing it to age quickly, scaling, itching and skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, chronic dryness, skin asthma and skin cancer.<br />HAIR: Chlorine causes our hair’s natural sheen to diminish, leave hair and scalp dry, unmanageable, brittle, prone to dandruff and color-treated hair can be ruined.<br />BABY AND KIDS: Scientists have found that bathing babies too often may cause skin problems like eczema and rashes and infants who swim regularly in chlorinated indoor pools are more at risk to developing asthma and recurrent bronchitis.<br /><br /><br /><br />YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER A REPLACEMENT THAT CONTAINS A FILTER.<br /><br />THESE ARE GREAT FOR GETTING RID OF UNWANTED CHEMICALS AND BACTERIA THAT ARE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH.<br /><br /><br /><br />References:<br />“Study: Showerhead may deliver blast of bacteria”<br />CNN Health (http://articles.cnn.com) September 14, 2009<br />“What bacteria lurk in your showerhead?”<br />Time Health & Science (www.time.com/time/health) September 19,2009<br />“Opportunistic pathogens enriched in showerhead biofilms”<br />Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (http://www.pnas.org) September 14, 2009<br />“Throw out the bath water to save the baby’s skin”<br />The Sydney Morning Herald (www.smh.com.au) June 10, 2002<br />“Dangers of chlorine in drinking and shower water”<br />Health and Fitness Journal (http://www.health.junkieyard.com) December 7, 2008<br /><br /><br />* Ordinary showerheads: Breeding ground for bacteria growth that can cause tiredness, chronic dry cough & shortness of breath.<br /><br /><br /><br />SHOWERHEADS MAY DELIVER BLAST OF BACTERIA<br /><br /><br />Showerheads are dark, wet and warm- the ideal environment for airborne bacteria to thrive. Everytime we shower, the showerhead sprays our body and the air around us with micro organisms such as Mycobacterium avium. This is according to the new research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences<br />Mycobacterium avium can cause LUNG INFECTIONS in both healthy and especially with the weakened immune systems. Symptoms of infection include FATIGUE, CHRONIC DRY COUGH AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />SOLUTION!!!<br /><br /><br /><br />* Use a Good Quality Showerhead to remove the chlorine and impurities from your shower water. Thus, it will protect you from potential health problems (Kemysts Laboratory: Dr. Riddle, Ph.D.)<br /><br /><br /><br />* We recommend, therefore, that you use and experience our WinSpa Showerhead!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />WINSPA SHOWERHEAD STRUCTURES<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />* Anion Energy Cartridge:<br />Contains bio-energy ceramic balls and anion-strengthened ceramic. Its functions are:<br /><br />o Purifies water<br />o Forms small clusters of water molecules<br />o Generates negative ions<br /><br />* Efficient Dechlorination Filters:<br />Contains Japanese food grade calcium sulfite dechlorination bag, which has the following features:<br /><br />o Strong ability to dechlorinize. SGS Dechlorination Test Report: 97.8% dechlorination (see attached image of test report)<br />o High durability, long life span<br />o High purity, able to withstand high temperature<br />o Strong absorption, HIGHER than activated carbon<br />o Received NSF-61, INS226 and other safety certifications<br /><br />* Nano-silver Anti-bacterial Cloth:<br />Uses silver ion anti-bacterial sputtering technology on non-woven fabric. Its function is anti-bacteria. When the +ve charged silver ions come into contact with the -ve charged microbial cells, these will be absorbed. The microbial cell protein will undergo denaturation and stop their growth. SGS anti-bacterial test disclosed the following results (see attached image of test report):<br />o Anti-staphylococcus aureus: 99.9%<br />o Anti-escherichia colli: 99.9%<br />o Anti-pseudomonas aeruginosa: 99.9%<br />o Anti-klebsiella pneumoniae: 99.9%<br />o Anti-candida albicans: 99.9%<br /><br />* Specially-Designed Showerhead:<br />Uses heat insulated plastic to prevent scalding.<br /><br /><br /><br />HOW MUCH IS IT??<br /><br /><br />PHP 5,500 Non Members<br />PHP 4,180 Members<br /><br /><br />1 box contains: 1 shower head, 1 ceramic stone cage, 3 adapters, 1 dechlorine core
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6-6-10<br />Ethan has been doing pretty well over the past week or so.  Most of the areas last pictured with rash have gotten better.  He has been swimming a lot over the past two weeks.  I cant help but wonder of the chlorine is helping the rash.  He has not been having any of the problems that he had last summer with the heat or sun.  We hope this continues as he has been enjoying himself very much.


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Q) I love to swim, especially in the hot summer months. But the chlorine in the water makes my skin itchy, dry and red. How can I cure this condition?<br /><br />Ans) If you stay in the pool for too long, you’ll get dry, chalky skin, and sometimes a red, itchy rash. This is because chlorine in the water strips away the surface layer of oil that usually locks the moisture into your skin. The best way to protect your skin is to avoid chlorine as much as possible, and to take short, warm showers or baths to rinse off skin. There are also cosmeceutic products available to swimmers, which neutralize chlorine and block chemicals from drying the skin. Be careful to use a mild cleanser with moisturizing properties that are free of fragrances and dyes for your shower after the swim since harsh soaps and alcohol-based products can wash away the natural oils of your skin. Also get your skin exfoliated and moisturized on regular basis at a dermatologist’s clinic to help skin hydrate and revive from the chlorine and sun damage in summers.<br /><br />#FAQ #answer #questions #chlorine #water #swim #summers #affect #dry #skin #body #hair #care #skintips #dermatologist #cosmeceutic #products #natural #oil #medifacial #hydrate #rejuvenate #soaps #mild #cleansers #clinic #Delhi #Appleskin<br /><br />www.appleskinclinic.co.in 

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10 toxic chemicals in personal care products http://b4in.org/qF1C<br /><br />Opting for locally sourced, whole foods is a critical step in taking care of your personal health. But, being concerned about what food goes into your mouth is only half the battle. You may be surprised to learn the personal care items you and your family are using – every day – are putting your health in jeopardy because of the toxic chemicals inside.<br /><br />From cleansers to cosmetics, the personal care products lurking in your home may contain known cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins. Make the switch (today), because the use of chemical-free shampoo and other natural personal care products will greatly reduce your exposure to harmful substances.<br /><br />Are you using these cancer-causing (toxic) personal care ingredients?<br /><br />1. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES): These closely related chemicals pop up in everything from industrial soaps to toothpaste, and are contained in nearly all shampoos and foaming products. They are known to cause skin irritation, serious eye damage, diarrhea, breathing difficulty – even death – in laboratory animals.<br /><br />The American College of Toxicology has found these chemicals can cause malformation in the eyes of children, while other research shows SLS in particular can damage the immune system, potentially leaving the body open to damage, disorders and disease, including cancer. Toxic residues can be left behind in the heart, brain and liver.<br /><br />2. FD&C color pigments: They may seem like harmless colorants, but the many pigments finding their way into personal care products can damage the skin. In addition, it’s been shown that absorption of some of these colorants can deplete the body of oxygen, and in extreme cases, lead to death. The majority of these pigments are made from coal tar – a substance known to cause cancer in laboratory animals.<br /><br />3. Isopropyl alcohol: How many times have you noticed this chemical listed on the ingredients of lotions, fragrances, cosmetics and similar products? You might think because of its widespread use that isopropyl alcohol is safe. But in reality, this petroleum-derived substance is the same chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. Both inhalation and ingestion are dangerous – leading to dizziness, depression, vomiting, nausea and coma.<br /><br />4. Polyethylene glycol (PEG): These hard-working chemicals are used to dissolve oil and grease, as well as thicken products. They are even used as oven cleaners. Yet, PEGs also find their way into many of the personal care products you use every day. Potentially carcinogenic, PEGs are known to damage the immune system and exposure can lead to cancer.<br /><br />5. Chlorine: Despite being used in swimming pools, laundry products, sewage systems and tap water – among other applications – chlorine is far from harmless. This chemical is widely known to cause delirium, diabetes, high blood pressure, circulatory collapse, and a host of other serious conditions. It is also a likely carcinogen. While you may not see chlorine on product labels, it’s important that you protect your skin from contact with it.<br /><br />More http://b4in.org/qF1C

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GLOSSARY OF POOL TERMS from swimmingpool.com #poolcare<br /><br />AIR-RELIEF VALVE: A manually-operated  valve located at the top of a filter tank for relieving the pressure inside the filter and removing the air inside the filter (bleeding the filter). Also known as a pressure-relief valve.<br /><br />ALGAE: Microscopic plant-like organisms that contain chlorophyll. Algae is nourished by carbon dioxide (CO2) and use sunlight to carry out photosynthesis. It can be introduced by rain or wind and grows in colonies, producing nuisance masses. Algae can harbor bacteria and can be slippery. There are thousands of known species of algae. The most common types of algae found in pools are black, blue-green, green and mustard .<br /><br />ALGAECIDES: Chemical compounds designed to kill, prevent and control algae.<br /><br />AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANER: A pool maintenance system that will agitate and/or vacuum debris from the pool interior automatically.<br /><br />BACKFLOW: The backing up of water through a pipe in the direction opposite to normal flow.<br /><br />BACKWASH: The process of thoroughly cleaning the filter by reversing the flow of water through it with the dirt and rinse water going to waste.<br /><br />BALANCERS: Chemical compound designed to prevent corrosion and staining by balancing the pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness in pool water.<br /><br />BROMIDE: A common term for a bromide salt used to supply bromide ions to the water so they may be oxidized or changed into hypobromous acid. Used as a disinfectant.<br /><br />BROMINE: A common name for a chemical compound containing bromine that is used as a disinfectant to destroy bacteria and algae in swimming pools and spas.<br /><br />CENTRIFUGAL PUMP: A pump consisting of an impeller fixed on a rotating shaft and enclosed in a casing or volute and having an inlet and a discharge connection. The rotating impeller creates pressure in the water by the velocity derived from the centrifugal force.<br /><br />CHECK VALVE: A mechanical device in a pipe that permits the flow of water or air in one direction only.<br /><br />CHEMICAL FEEDER: A device that dispenses chemicals into pool or hot tub water at a predetermined rate. Some dispense chlorine or bromine while others dispense pH-adjusting chemicals.<br /><br />CHLORINE NEUTRALIZER: A chemical used to make chlorine harmless. Used in test kits to counteract the bleaching effect of the chlorine or bromine in order to increase the accuracy of pool water tests. Sold as chlorine and bromine neutralizer, it is used to destroy excessive amounts of chlorine or bromine so the high levels will not affect swimmers.<br /><br />CHLORINE: A term used to describe any type of chlorine compound used as a disinfectant in swimming pool and hot tub water or to kill, destroy or control bacteria and algae. In addition, chlorine oxidizes ammonia and nitrogen compounds cause by swimmers.<br /><br />COPING: The cap or top lip on the pool or hot tub wall that provides a finished edge around the pool or spa.<br /><br />CORROSION: The etching, pitting or eating away of the pool or hot tub or equipment. Can be caused by improper water balance, misuse of acid or acidic products or from soft water.<br /><br />COVER, SOLAR: A cover that, when placed on the water's surface of a pool, hot tub or hot tub, increases the water temperature by absorption and transmission of solar radiation; reduces evaporation and prevents debris from entering the water.<br /><br />D.E.: Diatomaceous Earth — a porous substance used in certain types of pool filters.<br /><br />DRAIN: This term usually refers to a plumbing fitting installed on the suction side of the pump in pools, spas and hot tubs. Sometimes called the main drain, it is located in the deepest part of the pool, hot tub or hot tub. It does not function like a drain on a kitchen sink. Pool main drains do not allow the water to drain to waste but rather connect to the pump for circulation and filtration.<br /><br />FIBERGLASS: Finespun filaments of glass which are available in a rope or mat form. When used in a process with polyester resins, catalysts and hardeners, can be formed or molded into pools and spas.<br /><br />FILTER: A device that removes dissolved or suspended particles from water by recirculating the water through a porous substance (a filter medium or element). The three types of filters used in pools and spas are sand, cartridge and D.E. (diatomaceous earth).<br /><br />FILTRATION RATE: The rate at which the water is traveling through the filter, expressed in U.S. gallons per minute (gpm) per square foot of filter area.<br /><br />FLOW RATE: The quantity of water flowing past a designated point within a specified time, such as the number of gallons flowing past a point in 1 minute — also known as gallons per minute or gpm.<br /><br />GUNITE: A mixture of cement and sand sprayed onto contoured and supported surfaces to build a pool. Gunite is mixed and pumped to the site dry, and water is added at the point of application. Plaster is usually applied over the gunite.<br /><br />GUTTER: An overflow trough at the edge of the pool through which floating debris, oil and other
HAND SKIMMER: A screen attached to a frame which is then attached to a telescopic pole used to remove large floating debris, such as leaves and bugs, from the water's surface.

HEATER: A fossil-fueled, electric or solar device used to heat the water of a pool, hot tub or hot tub.

NEUTRALIZER: A chemical used to make chlorine or bromine harmless. Used in test kits to counteract the bleaching effect of the chlorine or bromine in order to increase the accuracy of pool water tests. Sold as chlorine and bromine neutralizer, it is used to destroy excessive amounts of chlorine or bromine so the high levels will not affect swimmers.

OXIDIZER: A non-chlorine shocking compound that removes or destroys built-up contaminants and chloramines in pool water without raising chlorine levels.

PUMP: A mechanical device, usually powered by an electric motor, which causes hydraulic flow and pressure for the purpose of filtration, heating and circulation of pool and hot tub water. Typically, a centrifugal pump is used for pools, spas and hot tubs.

PUMP CAPACITY: The volume of liquid a pump is capable of moving during a specified period of time. This is usually listed in gallons per minute or gpm.

pH: Abbreviation for Potential Hydrogen. Indicates the level of acidity or alkalinity of water on a scale ranging from 0-15. A low pH can cause etched plaster, metal corrosion and eye irritation. A high pH can cause scale formation, chlorine inefficiency and eye irritation. The ideal range for pH in swimming pools is typically 7.4 to 7.6.

SANITIZERS: Chemical compounds designed to kill bacteria, algae and other living organisms. Also protects water from the effects of the sun.

SHOCK TREATMENT: The practice of adding significant amounts of an oxidizing chemical -- (usually non-chlorine oxidizers, such as sodium persulfate or potassium peroxymonosulfate) -- to the water to destroy ammonia and nitrogen compounds caused by swimmers, the environment and/or weather.

SKIMMER: A device installed through the wall of a pool or hot tub that is connected to the suction line of the pump that draws water and floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing much flow restriction.

SKIMMER BASKET: A removable, slotted basket or strainer placed in the skimmer on the suction side of the pump, which is designed to trap floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing flow restriction.

TEST KIT: An apparatus or device used to monitor specific chemical residuals, levels, constituents or demands in pool or hot tub water. The most common pool and hot tub water tests are: pH, total alkalinity, free available chlorine, water hardness, cyanuric acid, iron and copper.

TURBIDITY: The cloudy condition of the water due to the presence of extremely fine particles in suspension that cannot be trapped by the filter because they are too small. Adding a clarifier, such as an organic polymer or alum, will coagulate the particles and make the filter more efficient.

WATER CLARIFIER: Also called coagulant or flocculant . A chemical compound used to gather (coagulate or agglomerate) or to precipitate suspended particles so they may be removed by vacuuming or filtration. There are two types; inorganic salts of aluminum (alum) and other metals or water-soluble organic polyelectrolytes.

WEIR: The small floating "door" on the side of the skimmer that faces the water over which water flows on its way to the skimmer. Adjusts automatically to small changes in water level to assure a continuous flow of water to the skimmer. The weir also prevents debris from floating back into the pool after the pump shuts off. Also known as a skimmer weir." width="100"/>

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How to protect your #skin, #hair from pool chlorine!<br /><br />Swimming or relaxing in the pool during these hot summers may give you the much needed respite from the scorching heat, but this joyous moment can also bring trauma to your skin and hair.<br /><br />This is mostly because of chlorine, a bacteria and germ fighting ingredient that is added to most pools to keep them clean and fresh.<br /><br />Hence, celebrity Dermatologist Kiran Lohia, Medical Director of Lumiere Dermatology, New Delhi, tells you how to keep pool chrorine from destroying your hair and skin and look gorgeous even as you continue to enjoy your regular swimming.<br /><br />For your Skin<br /><br />The chlorine in your pool may help keep it clean, but it can be quite drying and irritating to the skin. Repetitive chlorine exposure can cause swimmer’s itch or dermatitis, resulting in this particularly phenomena. Furthermore, if the pH (acid-base balance) of the pool and chlorine is not balanced to 7.2-7.5, then these symptoms can worsen; leaving your skin with a red rash that is uncomfortable to say the least.<br /><br />So, how do you solve this? First of all, make sure the pH of the pool is balanced to the required pH, thereby reducing your risk of this pesky issue. Then, make sure you wash the chlorine off your skin immediately after you swim so that this chemical cannot cause further damage. Finally, make sure you use a good body lotion immediately before you go in the pool to protect your skin and after you shower to seal moisture in. This doubling up of your lotion usage will help improve your skin so you can continue your pool swimming!<br /><br />For your Hair<br /><br />Unfortunately, chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair shaft. Hair has a protective layer of natural sebum that keeps it supple and shiny. Chlorine has a drying effect that strips those oils right off, causing hair to break and look frizzy and aged.<br /><br />Chlorine and salt can also get under the hair’s cuticles; the scale-like layers that cover the shaft and make it look shiny and smooth. The cuticles usually are flat, but when they’re roughed-up, bumpy and uneven, the hair looks brittle and unmanageable. The worst part is that the problems of too much chlorine doesn’t just look and feel unappealing; it can also weaken the hair so much that you get breakage, split ends and the hair ultimately becomes too fragile to style.<br /><br />Luckily, preventing chlorine damage is possible. The best thing to do is to start wearing a swim cap. This tightly adherent cap will prevent the water from affecting the hair, so that you can keep your treasured locks gorgeous. Now, for those that feel uncomfortable in swim caps,<br /><br />There is also a solution for those that feel uncomfortable in swim caps. First of all, you can try to wet your hair with fresh water first, so that less chlorine water can saturate the already wet hair. Another option is to apply oil or conditioner before entering the pool, so that you can have a protective barrier on your hair cuticle.<br /><br />#Health #HealthTips #LatestMedicalNews<br />www.medibiztv.com

How to protect your #skin, #hair from pool chlorine!

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