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Michael J. Beach of the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy Water program recently revealed why people often get stinging red eyes while swimming in pools. It’s the chlorine in the water combining with pollutants such as pee and sweat:
“Chlorine binds with all the things it’s trying to kill from your bodies, and it forms these chemical irritants. That’s what’s stinging your eyes. It’s the chlorine binding to the urine and the sweat.”

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