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Quick facts about chlorine: From WWI to the local pool
No antidote exists for chlorine exposure
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a few quick facts about chlorine, one of the more dangerous chemicals regularly transported throughout the nation.
— chest tightness;
— burning sensation in the nose, throat, and eyes;
— watery eyes;
— blurred vision;
— nausea and vomiting;
— burning pain, redness, and blisters on the skin if exposed to gas, skin injury similar to frostbite if exposed to liquid;
— difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (may appear immediately if high concentrations of chlorine gas are inhaled, or may be delayed if low concentrations of gas are inhaled);
— fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) within two to four hours.