Sunday, June 30, 2013

Staying Safe While Getting Healthy in the Hot Tub

Hot Tub Safety

By Sherry Ann Smith

Many people do not fully comprehend the dangers involved with hot tubs. While there are many health benefits provided by these, there is also a strong need to be aware of the dangers they pose in order to avoid these dangers. Above all, if you have or think you may have any special health conditions, you need to talk to your doctor about the impact of using one.

Hot tubs help to keep your blood flowing well. This would normally be a good thing, but if you've got a blood condition or if you're on medications to increase or decrease clotting activity, the tub, especially at higher temperatures, can interfere with the function of your medications. If you've ever had any heart or circulatory problems or on any of the medications above and you're in a tub and a sense of nausea or dizziness strikes, you need to get out as soon as possible. Seek to cool your self down with a cool, not cold, shower. Drink cool water. Consider getting medical attention.

High blood pressure falls under the same guidelines as heart disease. While a relaxing soak in the tub may be a healthy treatment for high blood pressure, it should be done after consulting with your doctor for the same reasons and with the same cautions noted for heart disease.

If you're pregnant, you need to be careful about overheating your body. You should limit your exposure to hot water submersion. Also, the chemicals used to treat your tub may be of concern. Unless you get clearance from your doctor to use the tub and specific advice as to temperature settings and chemical use, you should avoid using it while you're pregnant.

Whether you drink alcohol, load up on caffeine, have a relaxing smoke, take antihistamines that make you drowsy, or use narcotics, drugs can have unforeseen consequences in a relaxing tub. It is not unusual to faint or pass out and drown under such circumstances. Be very careful what you put into your body before going in the tub, especially if someone sober isn't right there with you.

Finally, be aware of the fact that many disease-producing agents such as viruses and bacteria thrive in warm water and can survive certain levels of chemicals. Be aware of pseudomonas folliculitis, which results in red blisters that may have pus. Legionnaires disease is a deadly disease that on rare occasions can be found in hot tubs. Bronchitis and middle ear infections are not uncommon hot tub transmissions.

A hot tub has many health benefits. However, reaping the health benefits requires that you be aware of hot tub health safety issues as well. Keep this in mind when you shop for hot tubs for sale. For a wide selection of hot tubs and saunas for home use, visit Hot Tub Barn.

Copyright © Sherry Ann Smith

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