The Effects of Hot Tubs on the Body


The officials of King County, Washington, have published a report that explains how to stay "happy and healthy in your spa or hot tub." The document contains a list of common effects that hot tubs can have on the human body.


  • Temperatures over 104 degrees F can cause heat stroke, which can be fatal. King County suggests keeping the temperature between 100 and 104 F.

Soaking Time

  • Soaking too long in hot water can cause overheating. At 104 F, limit your soaking time to between 15 and 20 minutes.


  • Avoid alcohol while using a hot tub. The combination of the alcohol's depressant effect and the hot water can cause drowsiness and, in extreme cases, loss of consciousness and drowning.


  • Individuals with body infections, open sores or wounds are encouraged to avoid hot tubs. If a hot tub has not been properly maintained, infections can spread from person to person.


  • If the hot tub is not properly chlorinated, you may experience a burning sensation in your eyes or a nasty odor. Proper maintenance and disinfectant procedures will minimize these problems.

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