Hot Tub: Sickness According To Science Discovery, & Fact


Hot Tub: Sickness According To Science Discovery, & Fact

Hot Tub: Sickness According To Science Discovery, & Fact.

Can hot tubs make you sick?
Is hot tub weird?
Should I get hot tub for personal use?

Well that is the question that led to the discovery if hot tub is good for your health or perhaps could be dangerous. A relaxing dip in a hot tub may sound like the ideal way to spend a cool summer night or a cold night. But in rare cases, danger may lurk beneath those soothing jets: for Hot tub use has been linked with several types of infections and injuries. Hot tubs that are not cleaned and disinfected enough can become contaminated with the bacteria, and a person can get infected with when they breathe in steam or mist from the hot tub.

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Year 2016 a viewer asked this question on Foxnews, can hot tubs make you sick? But according to research that same year, the report showed that the most common hot tub infection causes itchy red bumps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rash is worse in areas that were previously covered by a swimsuit. Bacteria can also enter the air through bubbles, leading to a severe form of pneumonia, called Legionnaires’ disease.

The report which also showed that each year, nearly 18,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease, caused by a bacteria known as legionella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About 70 cases of hot tub lung have been reported in the medical literature, according to the 2017 paper. Most cases are tied to indoor hot tubs, where there is less ventilation. Most people see improvement in their symptoms when they simply stop going in hot tubs, but some people may need treatment with corticosteroids or antibiotics, according to a 2006 study from the Mayo Clinic.

What is hot tub or spas

A hot tub is a large tub or small pool full of water used for hydrotherapy, relaxation or pleasure. … Hottubs are sometimes also known as spas or by the trade name Jacuzzi. According to recent science discovering, Here are five ways you can get hurt in a hot tub, which are:

– Hot tub lung
– Hot tub rash
– Legionella infection
– Allergic reaction

Hot tub lung

It’s is a lung disease that is often associated with indoor hot tub use. While its technical name is hypersensitivity pneumonitis, it has earned the name hot tub lung and even lifeguard lung because of its links to both indoor hot tubs and indoor pools.

According to new discovering of science, one unusual ailment linked to Jacuzzis is “hot tub lung,” a lung disease caused by bacteria that can thrive in warm water. The bacteria, known as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), have a special outer layer that allows them to adhere to surfaces, rather than being washed away by water (as many other bacteria are).


Hot tub lung is caused by inhaling endotoxins in the form of the bacteria mycobacterium avium. These fragments of bacteria have become aerosolized by the steaming water of your hot tub. This means that you breathe these in while you are soaking and inhaling the steam in the air around you. Once inside your lungs, these annoying little critters go to work causing a vast array of symptoms that will make you feel, well, really bad.


There are many symptoms that you could call common when one is suffering from hot tub lung. They are:

– Coughing
– Fever
– Fatigue
– Loss of Appetite
– Trouble Breathing
– Weight Loss
– Night Sweats

Because these symptoms are so common, hot tub lung is often misdiagnosed as anything from bronchitis to asthma to tuberculosis. If you are experiencing these symptoms and use a hot tub regularly, be sure to tell your physician so they can consider hot tub lung as a possible cause.

Prevent Hot Tub Lung Infections

As much as you love your hot tub, I’m betting after reading the above you are now nervous about using it. Relax. The great thing about this disease is that it is very easy to prevent. All it takes is a little work from you. The main way to prevent these types of infections is to properly clean your hot tub and its filters on a regular basis.

The most common water disinfectant, chlorine, loses much of its power when water temperatures rise above 84 degrees. While it will still clean the water, it won’t do as good of a job. That means that you have to be extra careful to change and clean the filters and you need to make regular water changes. It is also a good idea to shower before you take a dip in your hot tub, especially if you haven’t changed the water in a while. As I said, most infections come from a combination of poor water quality and the lack of showers before entering the hot tub. This creates the perfect breeding ground for the infection.

Remember, change your water regularly and make it a regular habit to clean your hot tub thoroughly. While you can sometimes get away with just rinsing your filters, be sure to also use filter cleaner on them regularly. Consistency is key. If you make sure you take care of the water the way you should be you shouldn’t ever have to worry about contracting hot tub lung.

Hot tub rash

If you break out in itchy spots after using a hot tub, you may have “hot tub rash.” It’s one of the more common illnesses linked to hot tubs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rash is caused by an infection with the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and symptoms include itchy skin that may turn into a bumpy red rash or pus-filled blisters surrounding hair follicles. The infection is often worse in the area under a person’s swimsuit, because the suit may keep contaminated water in contact with the skin, the CDC says.

Hot tub rash appears within two days after contact with contaminated water. Hot tub rash generally resolves on its own within a few days, and medical treatment is rarely necessary. Complications of hot tub rash are rare and include abscess formation. In severe cases or when a skin abscess develops, you doctor may prescribe an antibiotic.

Frequent testing of water in pools and hot tubs and adequate control of disinfectant levels and pH are critical steps in preventing hot tub rash. Since hot tubs have warmer water than pools, disinfectants such as chlorine break down and lose their effectiveness faster in hot tubs than in pools. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of a pool or hot tub where the infection has been acquired is also essential to prevent recurrence of the rash.

To prevent hot tub rash, the CDC recommends showering with soap and cleaning your swimsuit after getting out of the water. People can ask the hot tub operator if the disinfectant and pH levels are checked at least twice a day. The rash usually clears up without medical treatment.

Legionella infection

Steamy hot tubs can also pose a risk of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. These bacteria are found naturally in water, and hot tubs that aren’t disinfected properly can become contaminated with Legionella, according to the CDC. People become infected when they breathe in steam or mist from the contaminated tub, the CDC says. Making sure hot tubs have the right levels of disinfectants is essential to preventing Legionella infection, the agency says.


A [ urinary tract infection (UTI) ] is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body.

In very rare cases, getting into a hot tub can increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). The culprit in these infections is again Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause UTIs. (This bacterium also causes hot tub rash.) In the 1980s, researchers in Denver reported three cases of UTIs linked to hot tub use. In all three cases, the patients developed UTIs within 48 hours of using the tubs. Tests showed the infections were caused by P. aeruginosa, which was also found in the tubs. It’s possible that water jets could have propelled this organism into the patients’ urethras, the researchers said.

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In 2009, researchers in New York reported the case of a 38-year-old man who developed a potentially life-threatening condition called urosepsis after being in a hot tub. Urosepsis occurs when the bacteria that cause UTIs (in this case, P.aeruginosa) find their way into a person’s bloodstream. The researchers identified the man’s hot tub as the source of his infection.

Allergic reaction

According to Healthline Your immune system is responsible for defending the body against bacteria and viruses. In some cases, your immune system will defend against substances that typically don’t pose a threat to the human body. These substances are known as allergens, and when your body reacts to them, it causes an allergic reaction.

Chemicals used to clean and disinfect hot tubs may cause allergic reactions in some people. In particular, a chemical called potassium peroxymonosulfate (PPMS), which is used to eliminate organic contaminates from the water (in a process called “oxidation”), has been linked with allergic reactions. In 2010, a group of dermatologists in Ohio asked all of their patients with widespread rashes if they used hot tubs. Over the course of a year, they found six patients who were allergic to PPMS and who had also used this chemical to treat their hot tubs. All of the patients were men, and all of them saw improvement in their symptoms when they avoided hot tubs.

Some Fun Facts about Spas/ hot tub:

In case you aren’t yet convinced of the merits of a spas, here’s some quirky facts to further intrigue you.

1. The Word ‘Jacuzzi’ Comes From The Jacuzzi Brothers

The word Jacuzzi, although snazzy, isn’t actually marketing lingo thought up by some bright spark. Instead it has its more prosaic origins in the namesake of seven brothers who emigrated from Italy to the USA in the early 20th Century. Clever aircraft engineers, the brothers pioneered the invention of propellers, machining pumps and the first ever enclosed monoplane that was used originally by the US Postal Service. They also invented the world’s first ever portable pump the J-300. It was invented to help the son of one of the brothers who was ailing with rheumatoid arthritis. The original pump was created to create a whirlpool effect in the bathtub to sooth the pain of the young boy. Fast-forward another 100 years into the future and the word Jacuzzi has become synonymous with spas and hot tubs.

2. Spa Filters Are Made from Ancient Fossils

Certain spa filters such as Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters are comprised of elements that are millions of years old. Planktonic Diatoms have been around since before the dinosaurs. They are the microscopic fossils of hard shelled algae and are found in abundance in oceans,fresh water, soil and on damp surfaces. This fossilised substance is incredibly effective at trapping molecules of water. Nowadays they are used in studies of water quality and are commonly found in certain pool filters.

3. Spas Are Inspired By The Movement of the Earth’s Techtonic Plates

Spas and hot tubs are the off-shoot of thermal pools. These exist largely due to the movement of plates in our earth’s crust. Also known as techtonic plates, these enormous plates span continents and oceans all over the world. It’s the rubbing together of these gigantic techtonic plates that causes all sorts of geographical disturbances such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, the creation and destruction of islands, and the presence of thermal pools.

Places like Japan, Iceland and New Zealand that sit directly on top of rubbing techtonic plates, are home to regular geo-thermal activity. In Japan, they have been utilising the natural thermal activity of the earth since approximately 552 AD. Public bathing has long been a favored pastime in Buddhist culture.

However it’s not just humans who enjoy the sensuous pleasures of hot springs. In Jigokudani Hotspring in Nagano, Japan, enchanting Japanese Macaques or Snow Monkeys enjoy the tactile pleasures of cuddles together in the cosy pools while the snow falls silently around them.

4. When in Rome

Originally popularised by the Roman aristocracy during the Roman Empire, the craze for public bathing in the ancient world rapidly became popular for everyone, from a lowly serf to the highest priestess. The public bath houses in Rome were elaborate and a remarkable feat of engineering for their time. They were a location where all of the trading, scheming, copulating, drinking, eating and conversing of this Golden Age happened.

5. The United Nations of Hot Tubs

This may seem like some kind of weird publicity stunt but in actual fact it was to beat a world record. The world’s most international hot tub title was awarded in 2012 to a team of 26 people from 26 different nations who piled into a ten person hot tub and set the world record. Alcohol would have most likely been involved and participants later admitted that it seemed like a good idea that the time!