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Allergies and Muriatic Acid

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Could you tell me the effects of Muriatic Acid [linked by editor to product info at Amazon] say on someone who has allergies?

Lydia K. Liburd
- St. Kitts, Nevis, West Indies


A. Dear Lydia,

Holy cow, Lydia, there are umpteen varieties of allergies ... allergies to wasps and insect stings, allergies to dust, to pollen ... even, some say, to other human beings!

On the laws of average, proximity to HCl (i.e., Muriatic acid) should not present a problem. But this is a fairly strong acid so be very careful handling it.

You really should have defined the type of allergy and told us the purpose of using HCl.

You most probably have nothing to worry about!


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Freeman Newton
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(It is our sad duty to
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April 21, 2012. R.I.P. old friend).


A. I would approach it with caution. You can work up on the exposure a little at a time to find out if it is a problem. For some people with asthma it can be very bad.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

February 28, 2010

A. I swim in pools with muriatic acid and have sensitivity.
mouth sores, burning tongue, burning skin. sore throats.
Some pools add an alkaline to neutralize Some do not and it's hard to get mgt. of pools to listen.

Andy Porter
- Santa Barbara California

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