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Hot Tub Rash


Hot tub rash is a skin condition known as folliculitis, and is caused by the bacterium pseudomonas aeruginosa. It is a generally harmless, non-contagious infection and usually goes away on its own in about a week's time. It can also be treated with antibiotics or vinegar compresses (more below).


Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body where you have hair follicles, and tends to occur on the chest, back, arms and armpits, legs, and neck. It will most likely appear as many tiny, red bumps throughout one of the aforementioned areas of the body. Some of the bumps may be more inflamed than others, and white heads may also appear in the area.













Hot Tub Rash Contagious


Hot tub rash is generally non-contagious and cannot spread through skin-to-skin contact with infected areas. As a precaution, if you are infected, you should not share razors with anyone else, and try to keep the infected area clean and out of contact with others.


In rare cases, it may be transmitted through skin contact or shared razors. To prevent further infections, be sure to clean the hot tub or jacuzzi and flush out the water before anyone else uses it. Although hot tub rash is not contagious, it does infect most everybody who comes in contact with the bacteria in the pool or hot tub.







Hot Tub Rash Treatment


Hot tub rash, (or hot tub folliculitis), does not necessarily need to be treated. In the majority of cases, it is medically harmless. However, the infection may be cosmetically uncomfortable and if you would like to speed up the vanishing process, there are remedies.


One of the most popular home remedies is to use vinegar to kill the infection quickly. Apply vinegar compresses for 15-25 minutes at least three times a day.


Another treatment is silver sulfadiazine cream, which can be purchased at a local pharmacy, up to two times a day. Additionally, you may want to consider an over-the-counter acne treatment like benzyol peroxide.







Hot Tub Rash Prevention


The infection which causes hot tub rash can be prevented by ensuring that all hot tubs you go in are properly filtered and treated with chemicals. A
build-up of dead skin in the warm water of a hot tub has been known to increase the risk of infection. There are many steps to properly care for your hot tub or jacuzzi to ensure it does not become a host to the bacteria. The most highly recommended steps include: fill the hot tub with filtered water, shock the water with bromine and chlorine on a regular basis, check the chemical levels at least once a week, more if the hot tub is used often, and always clean the hot tub thoroughly upon draining.






Hot Tub Rash in Children


Hot tub rash is
most common in teens and young adults, though people of all age are susceptible to the infection. Young children are vulnerable to folliculitis because of their less-developed immune systems.


Caution should always be taken when young children are in a hot tub, as their bodies are more vulnerable to overheating in the warm temperatures, which also invites infection. Treatment of children with folliculitis is identical to others; you may take advantage of the vinegar compress method below, or any of the other methods mentioned in the Hot Tub Treatment section.






Hot Tub Rash Vinegar Treatment


One of the easiest treatments for hot tub rash is to
apply vinegar compresses to the infected area. You should do this for approximately 15-25 minutes at least 3 times a day.


The purpose of the vinegar treatment is to dry out and kill the infection. The acidity of the vinegar kills the bacteria and helps keep the infected area clean. Do not rub the vinegar compress around on the infected area, simply apply pressure and hold it. If the back is the infected area, get some help applying the compress, and use an ACE bandage to keep the compress in place.


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