Soaking in a spa or hot tub after work, during a vacation or with a loved one can be relaxing. While warm water therapy can be great for your stress levels, we are now learning that hot tubs can become a toxic soup of chemicals.
Approximately 60 percent of public hot tubs can make you sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In a study of 5,000 hot tubs, the CDC found that 11 percent of public hot tubs had a water quality so poor, they were forced to close. The hot tub can be home to bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Bacteria such as mycobacteria, E. coli, and pseudomonas aeruginosa can live in hot tubs, causing infections to unsuspecting users. Contact with infected people in the spas and hot tubs can lead to both bacterial and fungal infections— and herpes virus infections.
Hot tubs are commonly operated over 90 degrees. Once temperatures exceed 84 degrees, chlorine loses its ability to disinfect water. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi thrive in this environment. Hot tubs and spas can be more dangerous than swimming pools due to the high temperatures and the water droplets that are inhaled by users. Contaminated water and microorganisms can be inhaled leading to lung infection and respiratory diseases.
Fortunately, we don’t have to risk our health to enjoy hot water spa therapy. Ultraviolet disinfection systems are now available for spas and hot tubs. SpectraLight Ultraviolet Spa Systems harness the power of ultraviolet light to lower chemical levels, eliminate chlorine by-products, and to make spas and hot tubs safe, healthy, and easier to manage