Outdoor swimming pools 'raise asthma risk'

Swimming in outdoor pools could increase the risk of developing asthma in children, according to Belgium research.

The study looked at 847 children who provided blood samples for allergy tests and underwent lung function tests.

Parents were asked to complete a detailed questionnaire about respiratory heath of their child and attendance at outdoor swimming pools.

Children with the highest outdoor swimming pool attendance were five times more likely to be asthmatic than those who had never swum in an outdoor pool.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

European Respiratory Journal Online 2008

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus