Swimmers at GW Pool Report Hair Loss, Severe Itching

Condition lasted about five days

Several members of the George Washington University swim team said they suffered substantial hair loss and severe itching last week after swimming in the campus pool, according to the school newspaper.

The Hatchet reported that the athletes' hair loss and itching could be due to a chemical imbalance in the Smith Center pool.

The swimmers said the condition lasted for about five days, and one told the paper his teammates lost about 70 percent of their body hair.

"I don't want to sound insensitive, but I look like a chemo patient," the swimmer told The Hatchet. "It's embarrassing: being in class with splotchy hair and having to constantly scratch yourself." Another swimmer said he lost all of his arm hair and the hair on his teammates' heads changed color and became thinner.

The company that monitors pool equipment for the university said there was a "glitch in the (chemical) monitoring system."

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