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.


European Respiratory Journal Online 2008

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