Hot Tub Buying Guide
How to treat hot tub rash
Have you experienced an itchy rash on your skin after spending time in your hot tub? You may have hot tub rash. Yes, it's a real thing. It's also known as folliculitis or Pseudomonas aeruginosa folliculitis, which is a condition that results in the inflammation of the hair follicles. Hot tub rash will usually clear up on its own, but sometimes will persist and a doctor's care is recommended.
Hot tub rash is typically caused by improper care of the hot tub. The hot tub hasn't been cleaned well and/or the chemical levels haven't been maintained properly. Bacteria in a tub can multiply very rapidly so if the chemical levels get too low, the bacteria will rapidly reproduce. If you or someone you enjoy the tub with has this rash, cleanse your hot tub well. And then maintain the chemicals properly. It doesn't take long for the tub to get out of whack, so don't be too hard on yourself.
Not all skin irritations are hot tub rash, though. Your skin may be sensitive to the chemicals, to long exposure to heat, or just the pressure of the jets. Hot tub folliculitis usually appears on the skin where it has been submerged in the water. It is a bumpy, red rash that can turn into pus filled pimples. The rash usually itches and is made worse by scratching. The best remedy is to stay out of the tub until the rash clears, avoid scratching and keep it dry and clean. You can use an anti-itch cream, like hydrocortisone, to help with the itching. If the rash does not clear up in about a week or worsens, see your doctor. The doc may prescribe an antibiotic or antibacterial cream.
If you are susceptible to hot tub rash and find it recurring even with good maintenance, you may just need to limit your exposure and be sure to wash well with soap and clean water after your time in the hot tub. Most people will never have to deal with folliculitis. And if you properly clean and maintain your tub, you will likely be free and clear. So hop in that hot tub and enjoy the relaxing hydrotherapy that awaits.