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Hot tub rash is a skin condition known as folliculitis, and is caused by the bacterium
pseudomonas aeruginosa. It is a generally harmless, non-
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 is generally non-
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, (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-
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 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-
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-
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.
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-
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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