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When to Avoid the Therapeutic Benefits of Hot Tubs

May 25, 2008
In addition to relaxation, hot tubs can be very therapeutic to many physical conditions provided they are used correctly. Having said that, there are some circumstances when you should not even get into those inviting waters.

Using a Hot Tub while Pregnant

Most doctors advise women not have their bath water too warm during pregnancy. The reason for this warning is that the mothers core body temperature can increase beyond a safe level for the unborn child. The same warning applies to hot tubs, where the water temperature may exceed that of a bath. Additionally, there is the danger of waterborne pathogens from insufficiently sanitized and maintained water. It is therefore advisable that pregnant women forgo the pleasures of a hot tub until after their baby is born.

Hot Tubs and Heart Disease

If you are being treated for any form of heart problem, you may have been prescribed anticoagulant or blood thinning drugs which can make you vulnerable to temperature extremes. The heat of the water in a hot tub can cause you to faint, become dizzy and/or nauseated. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with your doctor as whether it is safe for you to use a hot tub. If they do agree, the doctor may well stipulate a certain time and water temperature, which you should adhere to. If at any time, you feel dizzy or light headed, you should get out of the hot tub immediately, take a cool shower and drink some water in order to bring your body temperature back to a normal level.

Hot Tubs and High Blood Pressure

For anybody that suffers from high blood pressure, the therapeutic effects of a hot tub may work wonders by reducing stress and hypertension while lowering their blood pressure at the same time. The heat of the water causes relaxation of the blood vessels and is said to have the equivalent effect of a brisk walk. However, if you avoid taking walks or other moderate exercise because of chest pain or shortness of breath, you should also forgo the pleasures of a hot tub. As always, if you have any doubts, consult your doctor first.

Hot Tubs and Alcohol

The same as drinking and driving, alcohol and hot tubs are not a good combination and should be avoided. Not only does alcohol dehydrate you, but it also thins the blood which when combined with the water temperature of the hot tub can cause dizziness or even fainting. Too much alcohol could also cause you to become drowsy or even fall asleep, slip under the water and drown.

Hot Tubs and Drugs

You have no doubt read the warnings on some over the counter medications for coughs and colds that they may cause drowsiness. Some also advise not to drive or operate machinery when taking these medicines. The same warning applies to hot tub use as well. If you are taking any of these types of medication, do not go into the hot tub.
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