Who should avoid hot tubs?While hot tubs can be a great way to relax, some individuals may be at risk of serious harm if they use them. Here are some people who should avoid hot tubs:
- Pregnant women: Pregnant women should avoid using hot tubs, especially during the first trimester. High temperatures can cause birth defects and miscarriage. Pregnant women who do decide to use a hot tub should keep the water temperature below 100° F and limit their time in the tub to 10-15 minutes.
- Heart disease patients: People with heart disease or high blood pressure should avoid hot tubs. The heat from the water can increase the heart rate and blood pressure, putting stress on the heart and increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
- Immunocompromised individuals: People with weakened immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy, should avoid hot tubs. Hot tubs can harbor bacteria and other pathogens that can cause serious infections in people with compromised immune systems.
- Children: Children under the age of five should not use hot tubs. Their skin is more sensitive than that of adults, and they are at risk of overheating and dehydration. Children should only use hot tubs under close adult supervision.
- Elderly individuals: Elderly individuals should be cautious when using hot tubs. The heat from the water can cause dizziness and confusion, and the slippery surface of the tub can increase the risk of falls.