Relaxing in a hot tub has a way of helping the stress and tension melt away. But hot tubs are not always safe for anyone at any time. Here are some instances in which it may not be safe or appropriate to soak in a hot tub.
If you are pregnant, the smartest choice is to stay out of hot tubs entirely. Just ten minutes in the hot tub can raise your body temperature past the point of safety for your unborn child. Research indicates that this can cause an array of issues, from spinal cord defects to miscarriage. If you do go in the hot tub during pregnancy, stay in for less than 10 minutes and stay away from the hot water jets while in the tub.
When You Have an Infection
If you have any type of infection, be it a boil or an infected lesion on your skin, it is not wise to spend time in a hot tub. While a hot tub that is properly sanitized with chlorine or bromine should kill bacteria as they enter the water, you don't always know when the chlorine or bromine levels are low. Thus, you could introduce bacteria that are then spread to someone else. The bacteria could also colonize elsewhere on your body, leading to another infected site.
When You Have Diarrhea
Diarrheal diseases, like salmonella and E. coli, spread quite easily through the water. If you have recently had a bout of diarrhea, you may have some of these bacteria on your skin, and bathing in the hot tub could introduce them to the water—putting others at risk of infection. Stay out of the hot tub until you have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
When You've Been Drinking
Drinking in the hot tub may sound like a fun pastime, but alcohol inhibits your ability to tell when you are overheated. So, if you are drinking, it's best to stay away from the hot tub. Sipping a single glass of wine or beer in the tub is okay if you are careful to keep the temperature lower and limit your soaking time, but much more than that is risking your health.
Thankfully, there are only a few times when soaking in the hot tub is a bad idea. On other occasions, you can feel free to soak—let the bubbles chase your worries away. Look into businesses like Marquis Spas if you are interested in purchasing a hot tub of your own.Share
1 November 2018
Hello, my name is Ken. Welcome. I am excited to share my knowledge about spas and salons on this site. I started going to the spa with my mother during my teen years. The spa trips helped us heal from a shaky situation that depleted our mental reserves. I found the value of the spa visits within just a few moments of arriving. I now treat my family to frequent trips to the spa and salon to rejuvenate their spirits. I hope to inspire you to enjoy trips to these amazing venues on your own or with family and friends. Thanks.