Are Hot Tubs Safe, or Are they Unhealthy?
Knowing that you're safe when you use a hot tub or invite guests over for a soak in yours is extremely important to ensuring that everyone stays healthy. Many people wonder whether hot tubs are safe, and the level of safety depends on several factors from maintenance to health conditions and age.
Below you'll find out when a hot tub is safe and when it isn't so you can take the necessary precautions.
The Importance of Sanitation
Can you get sick from using a hot tub? is a relatively common question. While it's unlikely that you could get sick from using a hot tub, there is one exception: if you use a hot tub that isn't sanitized and maintained. Unbalanced water breeds bacteria, viruses, and germs that can make you sick.
Luckily it's easy to make sure your hot tub is clean by using test strips frequently and balancing your water whenever there is an issue. Bacteria tests are also available. You can use these if your water is cloudy, musty, or odorous. If your hot tub experiences these symptoms, a good solution is to shock it with dichlor.
If you have a health issue, it's normal to be prudent about hot tub use. If you're unsure whether a hot tub could negatively affect your health, always ask your doctor. In general, people using prescription or other drugs that cause drowsiness or dehydration should avoid using a hot tub soon after taking their medication.
Another frequent hot tub question is: are they good for high blood pressure? If you have high or low blood pressure, you should ask your doctor whether a hot tub is safe for you or not. For most people, a hot tub will lower blood pressure because it helps you relax.
Finally, if you have diabetes or a heart condition, ask your doctor whether a hot tub is a good idea.
Hot tubs that are set to very high temperatures can cause issues for some people because it makes them overheat. Reducing your hot tub temperature to 101 or 102F can be extremely helpful. You should also make sure to hydrate while using a hot tub rather than further dehydrating yourself with alcoholic beverages. Taking breaks every 15 minutes can also help you stay safe.
Kids and Pregnant Women
Contrary to popular belief, hot tubs are safe for children. If your child is under five years old, however, the water temperature should be 95F or lower. If you have older kids, make sure they drink plenty of water and that they take frequent breaks.
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