When Not to Use a Sauna
To be Hot or Not? A sauna experience can give you many health benefits. But, make sure it’s good for you by checking out a few cautions.
Traditional steam or dry heat saunas have comforted and healed people for generations. Their popularity has risen with the any studies that show health benefits you can attain in your in-home sauna. Before you take the leap, pay attention to a few precautions to make sure a sauna session is healthy for you.
When you have a gastro-intestinal flu, are vomiting, or have diarrhea. Under these conditions your body is usually dehydrated and sitting in the sauna can take more fluids out of your system making you more dehydrated. You know you’re going to sweat and sweat fast – that’s what saunas do. So drink plenty of water before you go in and plenty more when you come out. And, stay out until you recover from the flu. Dehydration can be a problem, especially for older people and children, but it’s an easy problem to avoid.
Too Hot + too long = too Risky
If you lose too much water or stay in the heat too long, your body might lose its ability to cool down, putting you at risk of serious heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you start to feel nausea, headache, dizziness, fainting, or rapid heartbeat, leave the heat immediately.
Drugs & Saunas Are a Bad Combo
Some drugs, including beta blockers, diuretics or barbiturates, can affect your heart rate or interfere with your body’s natural sweating system. Make sure to check with your doctor about side effects of your medication before you sauna. Avoid alcohol & recreational drugs before a sauna.
Swollen Joint? Avoid the heat.
Don’t use the sauna if you have a swollen joint injury, because the heat can make the inflammation worse. Give the swelling a couple of days to go down – rest, ice, compress and elevate the area to help speed the healing.
Sauna Heat Not Recommended for some Chronic Diseases & Infections
People with some infections or chronic diseases should avoid the sauna’s heat. Heart disease, hypertension, hypotension, hyperthyroidism, hemophilia, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s, systemic lupus erythematous, or adrenal suppression and multiple sclerosis can react negatively to the heat, sometimes interfering with your body’s natural cooling process. The temperatures can trigger side effects in some tissue infections. You don’t want to be in the sauna if you’re pregnant or nursing, and the heat is unhealthy for people with artificial joints, metal pins, and silicone implants. Again, check with your doctor before you sauna.
The infrared sauna can be a place of healthy rejuvenation and relaxation. Just make sure it’s right for you. If you’re in doubt, do consult with your doctor before using a sauna.
Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.