Whilst swimming is one of the very best things asthmatics can do to help them keep fit and keep their asthma under control, unfortunately for my son and I it's not always the case at our local pool.
We both swim with the local club and the pool staff take the opportunity of using training times to clean the changing rooms with some quite nasty chemicals. The cleaning chemicals and equipment are now kept in a room on the poolside! This has been going on for years and has caused problems for various swimmers with some having to give up swimming altogether and some preferring to drive (or get their parents to drive) the 40 mile round trip to the next nearest pool for training there (I live out in the sticks).
Is there any printed out information that we can pass on to the pool staff to impress on them the seriousness of this? The club have got involved and contacted the council about it, but it still continues. What can we do?
I recently ordered some of the information leaflets so that I could pass them on but I was disappointed to see that a vital step is missing from the ""What to do in an asthma attack"" card. Surely the very first step is to remove the person well away from the cause of the attack before using a reliever inhaler? Taking a reliever inhaler when still in the vicinity of the cause of the attack will just mean that more is inhaled so worsening the situation.
I have been through this recently at my local pool. I specifically asked the attendants if the changing rooms were being cleaned and was told no, so I thought it was safe to use my reliever inhaler. Unfortunately although the changing rooms weren't being cleaned the cleaning fluid is stored in a room on the poolside so it was cleaning chemical fumes that were causing the problem just not from active cleaning, and I was then able to take a really good lungful of them. I swam properly for the first time today, it's been 4-5 weeks.
All advice welcome.