Home Cleansing & Detoxing Hot, Steamy Baths: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Hot, Steamy Baths: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

written by Head Health Nutter February 28, 2008

Soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salts, scented oils and candles is one of my weekly pleasures. It is a great way to relax while helping your body detox as it raises your core temperature, dilates your blood vessels, aids blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and draws contaminants out through your pores, along with many other benefits.

But there are just as many health dangers to hot baths as there are bonuses. At the risk of getting too personal, I’d like to share a recent traumatic experience with a cleansing hot bath so that others are aware of the dangers and can take the necessary precautions.

This post was updated with photos on November 4, 2009. It took me awhile to get over myself before publishing them. πŸ™‚

My Bath Tub Trauma

Normally, Sundays are my bath night so I can wind down the weekend and gear up for the week ahead. But this week was different. The weekend was exceptionally busy and by Tuesday morning, I woke up with a sore throat. I called in sick so that I could rest, give my immune system a chance to attack the virus and escape the otherwise inevitable cold. A cold would certainly slow me down – the last thing I needed or wanted.

Drinking plenty of liquids and grabbing lots of sleep, the afternoon brought an impulse to have a hot, steamy bath with Epsoms salts. I thought, β€œThis’ll take care of any nasty cold virus; I’ll flush it out!”

The bath was heaven and a half an hour later I stood to get out…and fainted! I was lucky: my face broke my fall. It could have been much worse since we have a narrow bathroom and I missed hitting my head on the porcelain sink, toilet and heat register.

When I woke, which was only seconds later, I was on the floor. I lifted myself up slightly, blinked, and blood started falling to the floor in big drops. Disoriented, I stood and looked in the mirror and sure enough, I was bleeding through my mouth and nose. Grabbing a clean facecloth, I soaked it, held it to my face and stumbled into the living room to grab the phone.

I had no thought processes at this point, by the way. I was confused, I couldn’t get a handle on what happened, and all I knew was that I needed help. It was pure instinct that led me to grab the phone and call my hubby on his cell. I got out, β€œI need your help. I’ve fallen.” And before he had a chance to respond, I was out for the count again.

He was able to call 911 and told them our address before I awoke and called him again. As I tried to talk to my Love (he spoke to both 911 and me at the same time), I staggered around, naked, dazed and confused, attempting to figure out how to get dressed. I managed to get downstairs, unlock the door and greet the E.M.S. guys with clothes and with a VERY crooked smile on.

An ambulance ride over to St. Joe’s Emergency, an ECG (electrocardiogram), blood work and 7 hours in the Emergency and we’re still clueless to exactly how it all happened. My face is smooshed in. My nose escaped being broken but it makes a funny crinkly sound now, and it’s bruised and swollen. My lips, the same and split open.

Day after accidentThis photo was taken the day after the accident. I was on the phone with my Mom getting the TLC I needed. πŸ™‚ By the way, my nose is usually NOT that big.

I’ve been singing, β€œall I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” in my head since because they are what took the brunt of my fall. You might not be able to tell from the picture but they were in the middle of my mouth.

At least until $800 worth of oral surgery (so far) and a lot of pain as the dental surgeon (thank you, Dr. Pain!) reset them by pushing them back into their sockets. Two of my front teeth are chipped and Dr. Pain used a metal splint and wired the front four teeth together for stability while they heal.

Day 3 after accidentHere’s me after oral surgery and a trip to my dentist for repairs to the chipped teeth, 3 days after the accident. Much better, wouldn’t you say?

Health professionals suggest hot baths may be dangerous for individuals suffering from obesity or having a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory system problems, diabetes or pregnant women and their fetuses.Β 

So, this bath tub episode of mine is a complete mystery. I JUST had a physical examination on Saturday with my Naturopathic Doctor and I’m in top physical condition (my blood pressure was perfect). I’ve never fainted before and am a bath-time master. Now, the bath was hotter than usual and I did a bunch of abdominal exercises before I got up. Exercise has the same effects on the body as hot baths so perhaps I lowered my blood pressure double-time and coupled with getting up too fast…

I have an appointment with my G.P. tomorrow for more tests to make sure it was the circumstances and not an underlying health problem.

Will I ever enjoy another hot bath? Certainly! The benefits of baths far outweigh the slight possibility of this ever happening again. Do I recommend hot, steamy baths for others? Definitely for healthy people! Just do what my friend Denise suggests: pull the plug and pour cold water in to gradually bring your core temperature down. And get up slowly.

Man, what a way to learn a lesson! Please, please, please be careful with your bath-time fun!

Did you enjoy this post? You may also like to read about another accident I had more recently, “My Buns of Steel vs. An Automobile (or How Important is Fitness to Survival?)”

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193 comments

Denise February 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

I’m wincing as i read this Sweet Thing! Baths are healthy for all the reasons you listed, AND because they are good for the soul.

I have a friend who is not a bath person, so she is likely scoffing at this comment!

Perhaps the virus lowered your blood pressure, i get dizzy when i’m fighting a cold, so maybe the cold, the heat and the jump up all came together to cause this.

I could not live without a bathtub! But your story is a cautionary tale. Remember that the sauna can cause internal trauma due to the heat, so hot baths can do the same.

if you are ovulating, a raise of temp of only 10 degrees will kill the egg, so clearly, it’s affecting you.

see you soon Cutie, let me know if you need anything!

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Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) February 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm

A cautionary tale…hmmm…I wonder if this story will become an urban myth! LOL

Yes, Denise, this strange phenomenon is probably due to the set of factors involved. And the bath was really hot…

It’s interesting to note a couple of morals in the story:

– moderation is key because life has equal opposites; so hotter ain’t always better

– while some things may be in our control, it’s sometimes best to surrender. Maybe I needed that cold because I was over-committing myself?

Instead of a day or two off from a cold, I got a week’s vacation at Casa del Pain! πŸ™‚

Honey: thank you so much for speeding in at a 140k/hr to save the day. (I bet that was the best part, eh Babe?)

And I promise, from now on, I’ll only take hot, steamy baths with you. πŸ˜‰

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The Hubby February 29, 2008 at 1:48 pm

The only appropriate comment that comes to mind is one of slight humor. All you women out there taking hot baths, get a heart regulation device for your hubby, mine is still beating way too fast!

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Christine March 2, 2008 at 11:48 am

Ouch! My teeth hurt.

This reminds me of a hanging my grandmother used to have in her bathroom,
“Conserve water – Bathe with a friend!”

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eclecticaliah March 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Denise mentioned saunas…one of the few times I remember being seriously dizzy was when I went in a sauna. I had to come out and sit on the floor to avoid fainting. I’ve always had low blood pressure though…

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Devon Spencer December 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Sounds like dehydration from the epsom salt, or the hot water caused shock to your body.

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Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) December 3, 2008 at 8:25 pm

@Devon: definitely those factors had something to do with it all.

Tip: do NOT exercise in the bathtub. It was just a couple of crunches… anyways, the exercise, hot water, probably dehydration… was enough to lower my blood pressure enough that when I stood up, all my blood went to my feet.

Smack. Right on the tile floor.

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Chris Morales July 2, 2009 at 4:42 am

This has happened to me. And yes, I may be one of the few guys who also likes a hot bath. It can be especially dangerous after coming in from a cold run then jumping into a hot bath without letting the body warm up first. I did this once…promptly passed out. L(

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Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) July 4, 2009 at 10:59 am

Yikes! Thanks for the tip, Chris.
And I’m SO happy to hear that you still enjoy hot baths. πŸ™‚

Steph
Head Health Nut

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Tim August 16, 2009 at 12:23 am

I too have passed out after having hot baths, after consulting my G.P. we worked out that its because the heat of the bath dilating the blood vessels + being in a horizontal position leads to low blood pressure. So when you rise from the bath the low blood pressure, and dilated vessels allow too much blood to get to the lower parts of the body, and not enough to the brain.

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Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm

@Tim Aha! Low blood pressure is the culprit, eh? Guess we all should just be careful standing up after a hot bath. Thanks a lot for leaving your comment!

Steph Miller
Head Health Nut

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Donna August 20, 2009 at 3:58 am

a similar thing happened to me a few years ago, luckily i didnt land on my face like you, but i fainted in the tub and my husband couldnt find a pulse and I didnt seem to be breathing, I spent a night in hospital and all was well the next day, Im not sure if my blood pressure was so low that I just flaked or if there was an underlying problem at the time, but I found out a week later that I was pregnant, I still have my hot baths but take my time getting out and dont stay in as long as i used to.

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Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) August 21, 2009 at 12:54 am

@Donna What an ordeal for your husband! Finding you without a pulse and not breathing… must have aged him at least a few years!

Pregnancy really takes a lot out of a woman and so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a contributing factor.

Yes, I take my time getting out of a hot bath (which I just enjoyed before checking the blog) now, too. No need to repeat the trauma! Hopefully enough parents read posts like this one to teach their youngsters about the risks (as well as the pleasures) of hot baths.

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Eliza December 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I’ve come close to fainting and finally figured out a trick to not passing out. I make sure I drink plenty of water while in the tub, I splash cool water on myself before getting out, and then I take…my…time, so the blood won’t go rushing immediately to my head. It takes me about 30 seconds to get out the tub and I lift my head last. If you have a window, it helps to keep it open some to allow some air to circulate.

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Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) December 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Thanks for sharing your tricks to getting out of a hot bath, Eliza! I will definitely take your suggestions.

Ooooo… I tried your window tip and it was wonderful! The steam was thick and the sensation from the contrasting temperatures was strangely enticing!

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Karen February 28, 2010 at 5:41 am

Denise, you don’t seem to be getting much support for your hot bath theory. Urban legend, indeed! The very same thing happened to me several years ago, except for the injuries and no husband. The near fainting happened every time I took a hot bath. Almost, totally blacking out. One day while at lunch with mom my face went white and I put my head on the table and she called the cute fire fighter guys. Like you, I was in the emergency room all day with tests. Since then, I have been aware of the symptoms, mostly weakness in my shoulders after a bath and a light head, my doc said it’s because the blood isn’t getting to my shoulders and head as usual. With each bath, my blood pressure lowers by 20 points. Can’t live without the baths because my core won’t warm up (for sleep) without them. But being able to monitor my patterns and an awareness of what it is, I’m not as terrified as that first time. I move slowly and am very careful with the way I move while getting out of the tub.
You’re the first person I’ve heard of with this same experience.

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PG March 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Hi,kindly to answer this question if it is okay or not to have hot bath when my blood pressure is 145/90. Few times notice when get up from the tub feel dizzines for short time. Will be okay to have hot bath or not, thanks. Paul

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Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) March 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Hi PG,

It’s best you go see your doctor and ask if it’s alright for you to take a hot bath. Your blood pressure is only one aspect of your health condition…

All I know is that I’m in my early 30’s and very healthy, and I still fainted from a hot bath!

From my experience, precaution in taking hot baths are always warranted. I’ve also learned that cooling the bath water down before you get out will lower your blood pressure and being extra careful getting out are good tips to still enjoying hot baths.

But go see your doc just in case!

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

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amuletts March 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Very interesting. I have perfect blood pressure (according to my doctor) and still feel faint after a hot bath (I do love my baths *very* hot). But I’m used to it so I’m careful. I just figured that’s the price you pay for having such a lovely experience! Never knew the scientific reason though.

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Josh May 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Try having this happen everytime you stand up, baths just make it worse. For those of us who have it all the time it’s called Neuro-Cardiogenic Syncope, or Vesovegal Syncope. Your Vesovegal nerve regulates your heartbeat, and when you stand up it is supposed to send the signal to your heart to adjust so that blood flows to your head. A Cardiologist can diagnose this using a tilt table.

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Head Health Nutter May 21, 2010 at 2:33 am

Thanks for letting us know about this condition, Josh!

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Jindo May 24, 2010 at 12:47 am

I’m glad your ok, but that was kind of weak.

Sorry.

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Ronnie August 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Thank you for sharing!
I absolutely love hot baths but recently i’ve been feeling rather light afterwords, faint almost, and my pulse becomes rediculously fast and thick. I think I’ll remember this story and be a bit more careful! Thank you! πŸ™‚

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Alex September 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

Totally agree, they’re great to start with but I always feel exhausted afterwards!

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Chelsea September 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Thank you for writing this! I was just about to take hot bath and thought I would do some investigating. Just because A. I am alone at home (except for baby) B. My blood pressure has been very low this week, and C. I nearly fainted three times this week. If you had not written this, garunteed I would have probably taken a bath, passed out and drowned. You might have saved my life!

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Head Health Nutter September 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Oh, Chelsea! You are most welcome for the post and good luck with your blood pressure.

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Felii September 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

Similar thing happened to me, except I crouched down when I realized that I was getting speckly/blurred vision. I also had no idea that it caused your blood pressure to drop, so I had no clue what was happening at the time.

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M.L. November 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

No offense, but you are dangerously misinformed. Hot soaks may feel great and relaxing, but they actually INCREASE your blood pressure. The reason some feel faint when arising out of a hot tub is due to the rapid drop in blood pressure due to 2 factors – the quick change in position from sitting to standing, and the quick drop in temperature. Exercising in a hot tub is REALLY bad idea, as this will further raise your blood pressure making the drop when you get out even more dramatic.
I’ve had similar experiences, though fortunately I’ve never actually fainted. I’ve been dumb enough to enjoy an extended hot soak in the jacuzzi immediately after vigorous exercise and nearly fainted on the way up and out several times. If you fell back in the tub and no one else was around you could drown.

P.S.: Alcohol in the hot tub is bad idea also, though it’s very popular.

Be careful…

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Head Health Nutter November 9, 2010 at 10:59 am

Hey M.L. Thanks for your comment. It’s raised a few questions for me. What you’re saying makes sense and while this bath-time accident happened awhile back, I’m almost certain my doc mentioned that the hot bath lowered my blood pressure… and in this wiki article:

“A hot bath for 15 minutes actually will suppress one’s blood pressure for anywhere up to several hours. Taking a hot bath just prior to bedtime can help the body retain lower blood pressure for hours or even the entire night.” (http://www.wikihow.com/Lower-High-Blood-Pressure-Without-Using-Medication)

This sounds like a good future article because logically, both exercise and hot baths increase your heart rate, pumping the blood more vigorously and making you sweat, etc. I guess the question here is, “What IS blood pressure and what’s it’s relation to heart rate?”

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Woman Rising February 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

It is well documented that hot baths lowers blood pressure. Remember Heat expands… Cold shrinks. Everyone can’t be wrong.

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med student November 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I love hot baths, I just got out of one myself. I feel a cold coming on, but I’m also in the middle of a detox so that greatly contributes to the crummyness I feel. Hot bath or not any time I stand up fast when my body temperature is up I feel dizzy. The military even dose a test to show how dehydrated you are by taking your blood presser after three to five minuets of laying on your back, again sitting up and again after standing for a few moments. If the difference in blood Pressure is significant they make you drink a bunch of water, wait a while and redue the test. Some people get IVs. I was in the Army for six years and have had this done when I was sick.

If your not feeling well and take a super hot bath then just stand up all of a sudden from the tub, of course your going to feel dizzy and I’m not at all surprised Head Health Nutter fainted. Of course she was dizzy and confused, she hit her head hard. That’s a horrible experience and lord knows in the past when I have been sick I have almost fainted in the shower.

The best thing to do with baths is to lay in the tub as the water drains. Let your body cool a bit and always rinse off with cold water. That closes your pours back up and refreshes your skin and body: and your rate of fainting goes down:)

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Head Health Nutter November 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Hi Med Student! Thanks for reading about my hot bath accident and for your comments. How interesting that the military tests for hydration by measuring blood pressure!

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Rita Walker November 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I came across your article as I was trying to find information as to whether hot baths can give you leg cramps, can anyone give me any information on this?
I have learnt a lot from reading all your stories and am grateful I found this site.

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Head Health Nutter November 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Hi Rita, great to virtually meet you. πŸ™‚

I haven’t personally come across any information on hot baths giving you leg cramps. Hot baths are known to relax muscles so it seems counterintuitive – however – hot baths DO dehydrate you and I’ve heard that dehydration causes leg cramps (specifically charley horses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_horse). In this manner, it sounds plausible that hot baths could cause leg cramps.

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J December 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I remember something similar happening to me once when I was a kid.
I think it was down to low blood pressure (I’ve always been right at the bottom end of what is healthy) but I’m unsure.

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katie December 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Wow, I was reading online to see if taking a hot bath before bed was good for you and this was the first thing to pop up. I’m sorry about what had happen to you and I hope things are all fixed and better now. I am 15 and have never had any problems with my heart or blood pressure but every morning when I get a shower before school I don’t get half way through the shower and I start to get light headed, hard to breath, and my eyes start blacking out. I still haven’t figured out what is going on and my parents say its because I’m still half asleep but the longer I wait to take a shower after waking up the worse it gets. Is this kinda like the same thing??

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Head Health Nutter January 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Hey Katie, thanks for popping on by to Live Lighter and for leaving a comment. I appreciate your concern and I’m happy to tell you I haven’t had another episode like this one. Whew.

I’m very sorry to hear about what you’re going through. It sounds different than what I experienced, though, mainly because it was a one-time thing with me and I didn’t notice any trouble breathing. But it does sound like you’re about to faint!

Have you gone to see your doc about it? If you haven’t had a physical recently, it might be a good thing to schedule for the new year. While I don’t think you should worry about it, it’s not normal and it presents an added risk to your safety while showering – what if you do faint?

Good luck and be careful when showering, Katie, and please come back to tell us what the doc said!

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Katie January 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Alright thanks πŸ™‚ I haven’t showed nor told my parents about this site or that I have commented on it but I will be sure to show them what you said. I have thought about what I would do if I fainted in the shower but, I have never fainted before and I guess when your unconscious there is not much you can do.. but I will take your advice and try to go see a doctor and I will let you know what they say. Thanks again πŸ™‚

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Louis Trabocco January 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

hello ladies

nice to be one of the only men to comment on this.

i am a bath addict !! and have been since i was a little boy. i was google’ing hot baths and weight loss becuase i have lost a lot of weight recently and wanted to know if hot baths can aid weight loss.

I find that every single time i have a bath i get out and my vision goes black and i nearly faint, i also have this blackened vision if i get up to fast from lying in bed or siting down but its worse when i get out the bath but baths feel so good sometimes i have two a day.

thanks for writing up your story for us all to read

from one bath lover to another

Louis Age 20 UK

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Head Health Nutter January 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

Hi Louis, thanks for visiting Live Lighter and sharing your passion for baths with us! πŸ™‚

It sounds like you have low pressure – have you checked with your doc?

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Karen January 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I wrote in some time ago about my experiences. So similar to everyone else’s. I’ve noticed that many say they don’t have low blood pressure, but what happens is that the bp goes low during the hot bath, but it doesn’t stay that low for long. The symptom is low bp, but when you go to the doc in a day or two, etc. it might even be reading high. the best way to know is to have a home bp device i.e a wrist one that is very easy to use. Every time I have the near blackouts or feel light headed after a hot bath, I know to take it easy, not make any sudden moves out of the tub and then go take my bp. Last time it read 87/47. The next time I saw my doc it was normal. Better to try to bp test at home to be sure than to worry about having some mysterious malady that no one can solve. Good luck to everyone. The main thing we want to eliminate is falling and hitting our heads!

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Head Health Nutter January 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

Hey Karen, thanks for this comment. Good suggestion to have a bp device at home. Yes, we definitely want to avoid hitting our heads (and mouths!).

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medical student January 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

hurm..wasnt that hot bath dilate your blood vessel and thus reduce your blood pressure? its physiological response..
hot water not good for your skin.. i’ve read.. and also guys might want to consider again about how hot temperature effect your sperm in long term..not really sure, but ive read that its reduce your sperm count or quality

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Head Health Nutter January 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thanks medical student, didn’t think about the effects for men regarding their sperm count/quality!

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JB January 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hmmm– I googled hot baths and have been reading these experiences with interest. I had a hot bath this afternoon with sea salts, and enjoyed my soak for about 15 minutes, then let it drain out before geting out. Felt very tired after getting dressed, so lay down to rest a while. I had an appointment with my doctor anyway, so went along, registered my arrival and waited outside the doc’s office until it was my call to go in. The cold fresh air felt good. However, when the doctor took my blood pressure (as I am being monitored for high blood pressure) she told me it was very high 190– and that I should take the medication prescribed to me a while ago, which I had not opted not to take. (in addition to beta blockers which I’ve been on for some years now.) I’m seing the doc next week, for monitoring– but was considering getting a home BP monitor also– and have decided to give hot baths a miss for a while!

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Head Health Nutter January 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

My 36 year old friend was at the doc this week and her blood pressure was 181/110. Was told she was a “walking heart attack or stroke” and needed to change her lifestyle pronto. They’ve got her on meds now to help decrease it fast, and she invested in a home bp monitor, too. She’s confident that she’ll be able to get her bp back to normal. I’ll warn her about the hot baths. Thanks for sharing, JB, and I’m sure you’ll be able to decrease it like my friend!

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Marlen February 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm

When I was a young girl at 12, I love taking baths. But once, I took a bath, got up and my vision was blurry for a few minutes. I was scared I was going blind, but thank God I wasn’t. I really don’t understand how this happened. I didn’t know if its my blood pressure, because I never worry about that when I was a kid. I just really don’t know.

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Randy Gauthier April 22, 2011 at 2:55 am

I take a hot bath every night. And I think I know what happened. Do you get a “head-rush” sometimes when you’re seated and you get up too fast? I do and it sometimes happens when I take a bath. I’m lying down and then I get up to get out and sometimes too fast and I get a head-rush. Now when it happens in the bathroom at the point of getting out of the tub, those head-rushes are worst because of the heat of the bath dilating the blood vessels + being in a horizontal position leads to low blood pressure. So when you rise from the bath the low blood pressure, and dilated vessels allow too much blood to get to the lower parts of the body, and not enough to the brain causes you to faint. That, plus the temperature of the bath, if you’re bath is too hot and if you don’t have proper ventilation, that formula is “enhanced”. I almost fainted on lots of occasions.

To avoid fainting or those head-rushes make sure that your bath isn’t too hot, that you have proper ventilation and when its time to get up to get out, get up in steps. Sit up, wait a bit, and then get up slowly. It’s also good to bring a drink with you when you go for a bath, I usually bring a bottle of water.

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Head Health Nutter April 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

Hey Randy, thanks for sharing your experience, knowledge and good advice! πŸ™‚

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Stephen April 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

LOL……. It literally just happened to me.. I was gonna call for help but i thought i would find a solution online.. although before i climed in the bath i had major headaches then on my way out to the bedroom……………….blankness then i woke on the bedroom floor extremely dizzy and confused..

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amy May 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Keeping a bottle of room temperature purified water close by and sipping it during hot baths will keep your bodily functions stable… In the sauna and jacuzzi too. πŸ™‚

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Head Health Nutter May 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Thanks for the tip, Amy!

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AGB May 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

How dramatic and also expensive! (dental treatment)
I’m a 24 year old male and also a Brit and we love our baths! Especially hot! Well I do anyways. Whenever I get out my bath I have to sit down in my towel for a minute because I go giddy and stary eyed lol. BUT has no one ever told you you shouldn’t ever bath while fighting an illness such as cold/flu? Tis a big no no and now you have experienced why… Nice new teeth though!. πŸ™‚

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Kanna-Chan July 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I’m overweight myself and have high blood pressure but I can’t live without an occasional hot bath although I usually soak until the water starts to get cold before I get out so maybe that is why I haven’t experienced any accidents yet. But thanks for these warnings so I know what not to do when I take a hot bath.

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Head Health Nutter July 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Hmm… yes, that makes sense, Kanna-Chan. Thanks for sharing!

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steve July 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

This is not unusual, Everytime when I get out of the bath I am ready for fainting but i quickly crouch down in a picking something up by bending the knees and the blood is aloud to reach my head, enough to prevent the fainting, I stay like that for about 3-5 mins before getting up.. I am used to this, it’s been like this all my life because I have very low blood pressure.

It doesn’t stop me having hot baths as I know how to deal with it.

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Head Health Nutter August 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Great tip, Steve! It’s good to know we don’t have to give up the pleasures (and benefits) of a hot bath – we just have to know how to be safe about it!

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Kathy August 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Hi,
I came across your story while doing some research on hot baths. I hope you are all healed up now.

I have what I consider to be low blood pressure…my bp consistently runs below 120…most of the time it runs around 112/69 or so.

I decided I would start taking Epsom Salt baths. I didn’t know there were any dangers associated with this, although I should have because I did know you aren’t supposed to spend all nite in a hot tub. Anyway…I started doing it, and noticed I felt light-headed and panicky. I suffer from major anxiety and panic anyway, so I probably started feeling light-headed and right away I started to panic. I never thought the hot water was the issue…I turned my attention to the Epsom Salt. I found some stuff on the web about the dangers of soaking in ES, and especially if you have low bp it can be bad. That scared me, so I didn’t do any baths for a few weeks.

I got my nerve up again to do the baths, and this time I decided I would take my bp before and after the bath. By this time I suspected I had lowered my bp to dangerous levels with the baths a few weeks ago. Before the bath it was 112/66, pulse 81. I kept the bath water lukewarm, and added only a small amount of ES. I stayed in for about 25 minutes. BP after the bath was 128/70something, and my pulse was in the upper 80’s. I just wonder if with some people it doesn’t raise bp instead of lowering it? OR…maybe it was my anxiety/panic rearing its ugly head because someone’s bp and pulse is probably high when a panic attack strikes.

It has been on my mind a lot…I do like the ES baths. I plan on seeing a doc about this. Whoever heard of not being able to take a bath, for crying out loud….

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Head Health Nutter August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Hi Kathy, thanks for popping on by Live Lighter and sharing your experience with us. I love how you tested it all out! How did you measure your bp? And will you do it again sans-Epsom Salts?

I want to do it, too, and see the difference. I am a bit anxious usually but do not suffer from it (unless I’m in a very stressful situation) nor panic attacks so we can have a bit of a baseline to compare!

Oh, and when you do see the doc about this, would you come back and give us the scoop??

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Kathy August 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Head Health Nutter–
I measured my bp with a $50 automatic bp monitor, sitting down, relaxed, no talking, etc.

I have taken 2 more epsom salt baths since I posted the first time. I’ve kept the water cooler than I would really like, and only used a handful of ES. I didn’t take my bp either of these 2 times, but I am happy to report that I have felt just fine…no light-head, no panic. I wanted to start doing the epsom salt because of a total lifestyle change, so I don’t see myself doing the bath without that and the lavender oil. I don’t guess I mentioned the essential oils in my first post, but I have used them every time as well.

I will be sure and report back after I see the doctor.

Peace~
Kathy

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Head Health Nutter August 17, 2011 at 12:21 am

Mmm… gotta look into getting me a bp monitor….

Great news on your ability to enjoy your last few baths! Sounds like it IS the hot water rather than the epsom salts. (I use essential oils, too; SO relaxing!)

Yes, please, we’d love to hear from you again and what your doc has to say! Keep enjoying your baths, Kathy! πŸ™‚

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Pramod August 24, 2011 at 1:30 am

Hello,
I take bath with hot water ( a bit extreme ) and I have not faced any issue till now. But I’m starting to think of switching to warm water after reading this.

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Head Health Nutter August 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hey Pramod, well, my teeth would say that’s a good idea. πŸ˜‰

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kenny james August 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

i suspect that hot baths have caused nerve damege in my feet and fingers i have starter just taking warm baths and they seem to be getting better

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Head Health Nutter August 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Ah, Kenny, seems like everyone is doing better with warm baths rather than hot ones. Me thinks we’re onto something here…

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alex October 5, 2011 at 6:37 am

hey ! hey , after all this discussions i got a lot of helpful information, i just got a hot bath and i got up fast a felt my heart beating very fast and got dizzy; thanks you’all

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marc October 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

hey everyone this has just happened to myself about 20 mins ago exept i didn’t pass out i got my bath and then felt the blood rushing to head every thing in my vision went bright and distorted as-well as my hearing went completely death as well as my tongue and nearly my hole body were numb i nearly rang 999 but decided not to it took about 10 mins for my hearing to come back properly and i have never been so scared for my life until today when i had this experience i hope this was just the bath fault and nothing else.

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alex October 23, 2011 at 3:44 am

dont worry marc, it’s just the bath ; and take some vitamins πŸ™‚

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Head Health Nutter October 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Marc, so sorry to hear about your hot bath episode, yes, very scary but you didn’t faint and so that’s a blessing (saved you about $2K in dental bills!)

I think Alex is right, but I’d follow some of the tips other readers have suggested in the comments above and also see your doc about it so you can get tested like I did (my tests turned out well and it was just the circumstances but it can’t hurt, right?).

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Marc October 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for the advice i visited my doc & every things ok

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Head Health Nutter October 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Great to hear! πŸ™‚

pam November 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

My 16 year child took hot baths daily. He recently lost his life while becoming unconius. He was taken to hospital unfortunately they could not save him. in

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Head Health Nutter November 25, 2011 at 5:52 am

Pam, I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. How are you coping? What did the docs say was cause of death?

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Nigel November 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

This is interesting, I have the answer to all of your questions as to why I faint, pass out, or tremble after a hot bath.

It happened to me, now it does not. Its rather simple.

Also its really common sence, How oh how does a hospital with allll there machines, and great minds not figure this out!

Here is some back ground on me.. Im into fitness, never had any type of physical problem before, however one day after taking a hot bath, I got up to towel dry and all of a sudden, i could feel feeling going away from my face, then my mouth..my legs started to shake, and I went down but controled. I figured this is what death probebly feels like if you loss blood.

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Head Health Nutter November 25, 2011 at 5:55 am

So Nigel, please tell us the answers you discovered!

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Priscilla December 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Wow I just took an Epsom salt bath an hour ago for the first time…and after 15 minutes the warm water was no longer comfortable, but making me too hot, so I decided I was over it. When I got up I was very dizzy and disoriented (fast heartbeat, ringing in ears and shaky)…luckily I made it to my room and just laid on my bed until I felt like I could manage getting dressed and not pass out (5mins). A few minutes later I was pretty much back to normal, but I wanted to come online and find an answer…so thank you very much for writing about your experience! (:

– a very active and healthy 22 year old

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Head Health Nutter December 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Hi Priscilla, thanks for popping by Live Lighter and sharing your experience. So… do you think it’s the epsom salts or the temperature of the water?

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Jackie February 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

The answer to this question is easy. When you are lying in a hot bath for a while and go to get up (stand up) and dry off, blood rushes to parts of your body, mainly your brain, and that’s why you feel disoriented. I get this alot if I am lying on the couch and stand up really quickly. Blood rushes to your head and you feel like your going to faint, vision gets blurry. Just slowly get out of the tub, dont rush, and you’ll be fine!

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Woozy Suzy December 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

So sorry to read about your painful experience Steph!! Luckily your teeth weren’t knocked out when you went down for the count, and you lived to tell the tale. Based on the huge number of comments your ordeal may save others from a similar fate ~ or even death!

I learned my lesson several decades ago as a squash player who always enjoyed a few minutes in the women’s changeroom jacuzzi. after showering. Once while visiting a new club for a tournament, I was startled to discover that their whirlpool was “co-ed” when men in swim trunks jumped into it, and there I was up to my neck in hot water ~ and nothing else!

Every time the last guy would leave, another would arrive, forcing me to stay put. After 1/2 hr in steaming bubblies (an eternity!) I felt so over-cooked that I finally HAD no choice but to leap out in my blushing pink birthday suit. I felt so light headed but managed to just get back into the changeroom before fainting. Luckily, the tiled wall caught me as I fell backwards, slithering onto the floor like a wet noodle. Regaining consciousness, I found myself covered with a towel as a nice woman took my pulse. I was so grateful, I vowed then & there to never risk my health or life like that again! Perhaps my story will save someone from nearly dying from embarrassment too. :O

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Head Health Nutter December 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Oooo… Woozy Suzy, your story sparks giggles from me but I know how serious it could have been. Thank goodness you were ok in the end. Hey, just imagine your embarrassment probably gave the guys a little thrill and something to talk about for days (or years) later! πŸ™‚

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Priscilla December 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I always enjoy a hot bath, so I couldn’t imagine it was the temperature. My boyfriend thinks it was because I was just getting over being sick and probaly still a little dehydrated. He also so told me when it used Epsom salt baths for sports related injuries…he only soaked different body never his whole body.

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Head Health Nutter December 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Ah, thanks for this Priscilla. Yes, that makes sense from my experience too because I was fighting a cold at the time but before the incident I took weekly hot baths with epsom salts on a weekly basis with no problems.

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HotTubBill December 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I have an esophogeal ulcer and will have a severe nauseous episode at leastonce a month. I was taking HOT showers for awhile and thats the only thing that made me feel better. But there is only so much hot water in the tank, and if I wasnt under hot water I felt horrible. Now I came to my senses and after about oh, 25years, I decided to soak in a HOT bath. BINGO! Felt better instantly! And Im not talking about your average 30min bath, I’m talking more like 1.5 – 2 hours. Just soaking and adding hot water every 20 mins or so.
My girlfriend thinks I’m crazy and that the hot water making me feel good is all in my head. I love them and they relax me and almost instantly kills my nausea.
I would just like a little professional outsider advice or comment. Thank You!!

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Head Health Nutter December 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hey HotTubBill, thanks for chiming in on Live Lighter and sharing your story! You’re absolutely right, heat relaxes muscles. And coming from a history of IBS, I found hot baths (as well as heating pads) to instantly relax my intestines and offer relief. I say that as long as you aren’t feeling dizzy or otherwise being negatively affected by the hot baths, then keep on soaking, Brother! πŸ™‚

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Jesse May 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

HotTubBill,
I don’t have any ulcers or anything. But was a 3 sport athlete for four years in high school. Then with that came knee problems. So, the hot hot bath was SO worth it. Even now, after my knees have been fixed with prolotherapy, I still take hot baths because it helps. I take 1.5-2 hr baths myself.

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Heidi December 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Hi, I am 39 and have alot of joint & back problems. (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). I have taken a 1 hour… sometimes more, bath every night for several years now. It helps my aches and pains tremendously! I cant live without my baths…. matter of fact Im taking one now and just had to add cold because im just starting to get that over heated feeling. Over the years there have been a handful of times when I had to basically fall thru the bathroom door onto my bed becasue I felt I am going to pass out because the water was too hot. Guess those were days I felt so horrible, and the hotter the better was my thinking. I never have totally passed out luckily. I try not to push it that far anymore as it is very scary. I have a couple other issues that have stumped myself and my Drs and thought as my latest possible idea… maybe my hot baths were contributing. I have not had periods for about 5 years now. They have checked my bloodwork and assured me Im not in menopause. I dont exercise much, nor am I underweight like Ive read can cause this. Anyways… I just wanted to put that thought out there and see if anyone else has heard of this. I dont know… maybe Im cookin my insides nightly…ha ha.

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Head Health Nutter December 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hi Heidi, thanks for sharing. Hmm… maybe try other pain relief options throughout the week and slowly reduce your hot baths down to once a week. You can experiment and see how you feel!

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Silvia December 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hello,
I’ve just stumbled upon this blog after experiencing similar post-bath problems. I took a nice , slightly hotter bath than I usually do and after like 20 minutes I started to feel uncomfortable. My heart rate sped up and the water was literally burning me inside instead of soothingly relaxing my limbs.
I got myself out as soon as possible and began shaking uncontrollably, feeling dizzy, weak and disoriented. I almost fainted as well, luckily I managed to curl in my bed in time and wait for the symptoms to go away on their own.
I am also curious as to why this happened, my theory is subjective. I have been diagnosed with chronic mycoplasma as co-infection to chronic lyme which I’m currently battling, so as my body and antibiotics fight these microbes, hot water helps to release toxins from them. This may lead to something like acute herx reaction, dunno. This is the farthest I got while thinking about this strange occurrence in bath.

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Madalina December 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Wow, that didn’t exactly happen to me, but everytime I get out of the tub I can’t barely walk and it gets blurry for my eyes. I don’t really know why, I’m in a great condition, and I don’t suffer of any kind of sickness. I’ve fainted several times before, due to intoxication and other things, and everytime I get out of the tub, I tend to faint. But I quickly take some cold water and throw on my face, and it really helps! I’m sorry for your ”lesson”. Great site you have!

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Head Health Nutter December 26, 2011 at 6:09 am

Hey Madalina! Thanks for sharing your experience and solution. Is your bath water really hot? Do you use any epsoms salts?

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maleny December 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Hi everyone!. wow this website is very helpful!. a couple of hrs ago I had experience the same problem and I was thinking it was because I didn’t eat enough the past few days but now i know it was because of the temperature of the water. Well I haven’t been feeling well since 3 days ago. My stomach has been hurting so I have been in bed since then. I was feeling durty and I decided to take a bath while my husband was gone. I was taking a bath with not to hot water but then i started getting cold and added more water. everything was so relaxing. When it was time for me to get up and rince….surprice!! I started seing orange and everything was going around me. I squaded so the fall wouldnt be as hard then I got out the tub. but I was still dizzy!. I walked around soaked in water because I was feeling so hot and sweaty. I lay on my bed as staring at the ceiling while called my hubby to let him know. All I wanted is someone to be there in case of passing out. but as I was laying in my bed I started feeling better. (I was thinking I was pregnant!) but thank you guys! next time I know the wanter should be not to cold. πŸ™‚

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Head Health Nutter January 4, 2012 at 1:27 am

Thanks for sharing your experience, maleny! Looks like we all should be wary about the temperature of our bath water.

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chris January 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Hello well i am a pretty healthy 29 year only problem i really have is a curved spine. anyways all my life when I’ve gotten sick I’ve taken a hot bath to sweat it out but there are times on occasion when i get out and instead of feeling better my whole body aches jgjd 5 to 15 minutes later. and its random too though today woke up with a sore throat and halls cough drops weren’t helping so too a bath and though i kinda feel better muscles all over my body are telling me otherwise. curious if anyone’s heard of this or gas any helpful advice

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Head Health Nutter January 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

Your experience is very curious indeed, Chris… usually hot baths relax tense muscles and aches are relieved rather than induced. And it’s random? Maybe another reader has had an experience like this? Have you gone to see a doc about this?

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chris January 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Sorry autocorrect messed up my thing suppose to say 5 to 15 minutes later

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Jo January 2, 2012 at 2:06 am

I generally feel dizzy after my baths but then I do have then scalding hot!!! Like I get in while it’s filling so I can gradually turn it hotter and hotter. I just had the worst dizzy episode saw blotches felt faint and am instant headache….couldn’t even get dressed had to make a b line to my room beside and layed there till my heart stopped trying to beat through my chest cavitiy. Will I stop my hot baths? Nnnnnnnever! πŸ™‚ it’s like cardio for me lol

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Head Health Nutter January 4, 2012 at 1:39 am

Ah, Jo, as well as you like ’em hot, then have ’em hot! But me, man, I can’t afford another set of teeth. Actually, I’m still saving to get my veneers which are more permanent than the caps they put in place after the accident. I love my teeth (and general safety) more than my hot baths. lol πŸ™‚

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Gary January 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I’ve read all the comments and feel my fainting was quite delayed from the period of my bath to the time I had passed out. I had worked this past week 5 consecutive shifts of 12 hours. Kind of had a calm Saturday, we went out for breakfast and a cup of coffee. Did not do any work and enjoyed my guitar for awhile. We had a good supper and I had a hot bath to ease my legs from all the walking I do at work. Afterwards I felt very relaxed and happy. Later I picked up a friend and we went out to play guitar with some friends, after drinking half of my first beer I felt I needed to get some fresh air and grabbed my coat. After only a short time being outside, I was talking to my friends wife and felt as if I was going to pass out. When I did, I could hear my friend calling out to me. I was so worried for myself since I am in good health. The time from my bath was about 2 hours, does this seem to be related to the bath or could it have been something else like diabetes or low blood pressure

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Head Health Nutter January 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Hi Gary, thanks for sharing your story. I’m really not sure about how to answer your question, I think it’s best to visit your doc for this.

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Dennis January 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

Hi everyone, I stumbled across this as I was looking for some tips on health benefits of different bath ingredients like dead sea salt etc. In any case, I just wanted to add something to the discussion that I feel was not being addressed enough. First, I am not a doctor or an expert on these matters. Most of what I say here is based on my personal experience, common sense, and my comparisons between taking hot baths and my active athletic life.

I have been an active runner for most of my life. My stamina has varied over the years, but I have always been in pretty good shape. I am thus used to listening to my body when it comes to physical exertion and how to get ones body from point a to b in terms of endurance and physical health. I only started taking hot baths about a year ago, but I was immediately struck by how similar a hot bath is to a cardio workout like running and how it is incredibly important to use the same prudence and process to build up stamina and prevent injury. This may seem obvious, but I feel from reading these posts that it may be helpful for me to focus on this and really make a comparison here. When you take a bath raised to a temperature to induce a sweat your body is not really relaxing. It is hard at work. Circulation is up immensely, your heartbeat goes up and can vary greatly, you are transpiring a lot and loosing fluids, you are exposing yourself to high temperatures at which heat strokes are also possible. Think of it this way, while you feel relaxed your body in some ways is actually running down a street at high velocity doing some real hard work! This is not a problem, but just as you wouldn’t be able to keep on running for hours without paying attention to your condition, you also can’t take a hot bath without paying attention to your body state. So, here are a couple of points I find useful to make sure you get a healthy experience out of taking a hot bath: (again, this may not be suitable for everyone with certain conditions and health states!)
1. Keep an eye on a clock or set a timer/alarm. I know its not exactly relaxing to keep looking at a clock while taking a bath, but you should really time yourself just as you do in the gym. If you know you can go for 30 min at a certain temperature, set an alarm that tells you its time to take a break from hot water running!
2. Keep an eye on your pulse. You don’t necessarily need to calculate your heart rate, but make sure you check your pulse now and then to see how your body is working. I have found over the years that I don’t even need a stopwatch to figure out if my heart rate is substantially beyond rest rate. If you become familiar with your own heart rate while resting and what it is like when you are in a hot bath you’ll know immediately if you ever work “too hard”.
3. Don’t keep adding hot water forever. Google “boiling frog” and you know what I mean πŸ™‚ Its very easy to increase your body beyond safe limits this way. if you want to keep it at temperature, invest in a thermometer that can help you manage that.
4. Keep a drink next to your bath. Just like we do when we go to the gym, keep a gatorade or electrolyte enhanced drink ready and periodically take a sip. This way you are replenishing your body as you go and it will be able to last longer. When you do ever feel you start fainting, it can also safe you! A high glucose drink like Cola is a good emergency drink too.
5. Have a book or magazine ready. If you read a book in bath and you feel you can’t comprehend or can’t focus on the words anymore, you’re body is overexerting itself. This you can only do for a short period of time! it’s a clue to take a break or really watch that clock.
6. Don’t take a hot bath if you don’t feel in physical condition to take a run, bike, etc either! (e.g. if you are sick, dehydrathed, etc you should don’t go out running, co wait until you are better to take a bath) πŸ™‚
7. Build it up! Just like you don’t start out running for 2 hours straight when first hitting the gym, you need to really keep to the minimum times when first starting to take baths. listen to your body and only gradually increase to safe levels.
Ok, that’s all I can think of. Just wanted to share this with all you bubbly soaked hot bath folks out there πŸ™‚

Stay healthy!

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Head Health Nutter January 20, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hi Dennis, thanks so much for contributing your expert advice on this subject! Everything you mentioned makes perfect sense and we appreciate your tips for healthier bath-time fun!

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marcus January 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

hi ya, just to let ya all know, ive always preffered a bath to a shower, and its ironic because cold and hot baths have different benefits, apart from the obvious like cleaning out your pours, (hot water vapours good for your respiratory system) and its good at flushing out a cold, anyhoe the reason why people faint sometime, and it can effect the most healthiest of people, this is because you raise your body temperature and blood pressure very quickly in the hot bath and as you get out it starts to drop rapidly (all of your dilated blood vessel contract very quickly), sometimes to fast for your body to cope so it send it into shock, thats why you get that light headed feeling, blurred vision and fainting (just like a head rush), you should take your time so your body can adjust to the change in blood pressure, this should prevent this from happening

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Renee January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

Please don’t think there is only a slight chance of this happening again! This happened to me today for probably about the fifth time in a year. Today I knew I was going to pass out because of recent experiences, and I was trying to quickly eat something to see if it would keep me from passing out but I ended up dropping the bowl of cereal on my table I think. I managed to sit down (I’ve passed out from both standing and sitting positions- once I fell out of the chair) and I woke up to my face bashing off the bowl. I had heard my phone go off right before I passed out and when I woke up it was like ten minutes later so I was out much longer this time than I have been before. I don’t have any health problems, my blood pressure is really good.. I don’t know. But it can definitely happen again. My eyes start to see black and my ears start ringing right before it happens to me.

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Whitt February 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

A similar thing happened to me last year. I had just finished stressing out over undergraduate finals and graduate school entry exams so I decided to drive home during the school break. While taking a hot shower (which I LOVE), I began to feel super light headed and decided to add a little more cold water. Of course, that didn’t help at all so I got out of the shower…that’s the last thing I remember. I woke up on the floor with blood EVERYWHERE. Apparently, in the process of leaving the bathroom, I fell forward and hit my head on the corner of the bathroom door (resulting in the corner splitting my forehead open). Luckily, I was able to crawl to the living room before passing out again. My granny called 911 and after a trip to the hospital and stitches, everything was okay. Luckily, the door gave me a nice clean cut so my scar isn’t all jagged and ugly. But overall, the experience was pretty scary. I was told that stress, dehydration, and super hot water is a bad mix. My blood pressure dropped really low causing me to pass out. Moral of the story: school sucks and take cooler showers.

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Head Health Nutter February 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thanks for sharing your story, Whitt. AND for your lessons, LOL. πŸ™‚

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asdasd February 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

This whole story is making a mountain out of a mole hill.

When you have a hot bath, and suddenly get up, you can become very dizzy, and pass out. All you have to do is let the bath cool down, or let the water out first, or some cold water in, or just sit down again when you feel dizzy.

No mystery.

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Tess February 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

Hello, I’m sorry but I didn’t take the time to read all the comment entries here. so not sure if anyone else had the same thought. It is my understanding that Epson salt (which is Magnesium) can lower blood pressure. I would imagine if you mix “very hot” bath water, which opens up your poors, mixed with the epson salt you probably caused your BP to drop suddenly. Just a thought!

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Head Health Nutter February 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm

OOO… great question for the docs out there reading this! πŸ™‚

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Rich February 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hi, I’ve just stumbled on to this website after googling some symptoms I had when getting out of a hot bath. I didn’t faint but had a fast heartbeat, lightheadedness and the need to sit down. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, so things like this tend to scare me.

After reading about your experience, I’ll be making sure my baths are not so hot next time. Thanks for sharing.

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Jay February 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I have fainted several times from being overheated but this mostly happens when I’m sick. I came home early from work today because I felt weak and sick and so I took a long nap and then decided I wanted to take a nice hot shower. After about 10 minutes in the shower I was very dizzy so I just sat on the ground rapped in my robe for about 3 minutes. Then I decided I would get up and so I did, I was still trembling and very dizzy so I started going to my room when suddenly I blacked out and ended up in my daughters room after laying there for a while I got to my room and just curled up in my bed. This might be part of being a vegetarian, but I have been terrified to take a bath or shower when I’m sick.

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Melody February 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Hot baths and saunas cause low blood pressure for some individuals because the blood goes to the skin. When using a sauna, everyone is advised to make sure to stand up slowly to avoid dizziness or fainting. When starting this regimen, start at 10 to 15 minutes only; then cool down with cool or cold water to shrink back the blood vessels @ the skin. It is advised that you can use the sauna up to 4 times at 10 to 15 minutes intervals with cool baths/showers in between. Gradually build up tolerance. Hot baths should be the same as wet and dry saunas. Saunas can cause higher heartbeats comparable to walking and one hour uses about 300 calories. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, water or juice or sports drinks (best) to replenish electrolytes lost from sweating. I don’t know about the epsom salt in hot baths since I never used it except for my tired achy feet. One more, don’t eat too much before taking a hot bath or using the sauna (or exercising) since digesting food uses a lot of blood.

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tammy February 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Hi all, im 37 i take regular hot baths often almost every night. I had no troubles at all, but i do one thing differently. I have something to drink while in the tub. So before i get in i have my smokes, pop, and books ready for my two hour bath. So if you are going to take a hot bath, make sure you have something cold to drink.

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Fanny February 25, 2012 at 3:30 am

Hi there, find your blog after I googled up what cause the dizziness after taking bath. It just happened to me 15 minutes ago. After taking hot bath for half an hour, I followed with cold shower to wash my hair. Suddenly I felt out of breath and losing my energy. I thought I am gonna pass out or die. But all the while I was thinking how to get dressed before passing out. Rushed my shower, didn’t even manage to dry it, then get dressed. And directly lying on my bed. Thank god I didn’t pass out. Several minutes later, I vomited a little bit and felt a little better. After reading your blog, I think its because my low blood pressure, but gonna check with my doc later. Thanks for the info.

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Ukky March 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

Hi!

I am studying abroad in Japan (arrived 6 months ago) and ever since I arrived (or nearly right after) I suddenly was feeling faint after taking baths.

It didn’t matter if they were hot or not – didn’t matter if I drank lemon water (my fav made-at-home drink) – didn’t matter if I waited and let the water cool down.

I always took hot baths before this and never had a problem. Of course, I’m a bit on the old side for a student (31) but I’m in good shape.

It’s a mystery as to what’s going on. My diet *has* changed a lot. All I can figure is that maybe a lack of certain vitamins is causing me to have low blood pressure, which is then made worse by the bath.

This is not a once-in-a-while event. *every time* I take a bath when in Japan, I feel dizzy and faint. the past month I started getting other symptoms too. I think I’ll make a list of symptoms (in Japanese) and try the doctor soon.

But my main thing I’m doing is eating more veggies, fruits, and cutting out any *alcohol*. Apparently, magnesium is lost if you drink often, and a primary symptom of magnesium deficiency is LBP. (college is stressful when you’re ‘old’ – I probably drank too much anyway.)

So if it happens regularly to you, cut back on alcohol, up your veggies and see what happens.

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SundaeDriver April 11, 2012 at 1:52 am

Another thing to consider is whether or not you’re living in a temperature that you’re used to. When I lived in Japan, it was much warmer than what I was used to back home. I found that if I wasn’t drinking lots of water – and more importantly sports drinks like Aquarius or Pocari Sweat (prefer the former because I think Pocari tastes awful) – I would feel terrible. Are you perhaps dehydrated? Dark urine can be a symptom of this. If you’re sweating a lot and not replacing your electrolytes, you might be susceptible in baths as well.

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LadyQ March 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I also LOVE hot baths and take one just about every night before bed. This is my way to relax and unwind from the day. I have never passed out from a hot bath before, but I’ve had the light-headed feeling and fast heartbeat. I can always tell when I get it ‘too hot’, I start to feel uncomfortable and I just get out. Silly me, I’ve never thought to just add more cold water. I do always make sure to be careful about getting out if I feel lightheaded. I ALWAYS have to lay on the bed after my bath to ‘cool down’. It really is like a cardio-workout. There is just something addictive to it! Just like a runner’s ‘high’, I get a hot bath ‘high’. πŸ™‚

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Tom March 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I think what most people are experiencing is hypotension. When a person has exposure to high heat, i.e. a hot bath, it can cause their blood pressure to suddenly drop. So when they get out of the bath and stand up, their blood flow does not equilibrate fast enough (no blood flow to the brain) so they get dizzy, their vision can get impaired, and they can pass out. This can happen from anything … sitting out in the sun, exposure to high humidity, etc.

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Head Health Nutter March 31, 2012 at 3:19 am

Thanks so much for your input: Rich, Jay, Melody, Tammy, Fanny, Ukky, LadyQ and Tom! This post has created a lot of discussion and it’s with mixed feelings to hear that others have experienced similar episodes with hot baths. It seems the consensus is that we all need to be careful with the temperature of a relaxing bath. The best tip so far is just to add some cool water to lower our internal temperature before getting out, and to get out carefully. I really hope this post and all your comments help others prevent a nasty fall.

By the way, I’m currently in the process of getting my permanent caps. It’s been a lot of money but at least I’ll be able to continue spreading sunshine with my smile! πŸ™‚

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SundaeDriver April 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

I’m doing research at the moment for my own bath time woes. I’d certainly caution use of epsom salts – I was using them too often in very hot baths and made myself exhausted and quite ill. I’m wondering if anyone knows what, if anything, happens to a person who takes hot baths too often. Are there long-term negative effects? I’m trying to determine if other symptoms (chronic joint paint and fatigue) might not have some kind of connection to too many hot baths.

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nathalie April 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

Thank you all for informing me on this topic ! I am a mother and my 13 year old daughter decided she wanted a hot bath yesterday….off course this is not the first time so I let her run her bath and went and put my son to bed. About 15 minutes later, I hear a very low voice calling mom…. So I go into the bathroom to discover my daughter almost fainting in her bath !! I helped her out and almost carried her to her bed because she was feeling very week. She also said their were a noise in her ears and she was nauseous and had a headache. I gave her something to dring while she was in bed and the nausea and noise went away. But even after a night sleep she was complaining of pain in her ears and the headache was still there. She had a complete blood test done a few months ago for something else all together and all was fine…so I am wandering if any of you had symptoms last longer that 10-15 minutes…. By the way when I pulled to plug to drain the water in her bath I could barely put my arm in there….it’s puzzling to me that she was even capable of lying down in the water….with her head in because the intended to take a shower after to wash her hair. That is all the details I have. Any feedback is very welcome !!

Thanks all of you again !
Nathalie

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Dr. L. Williams April 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

When changing your core temperature to a hotter temperature (even by a few degrees) the body begins to destroy toxins. It’s like simulating a fever. When toxins leave your body you can feel faint, disoriented, nauseous, ect.
I suggest cooling down as the water drains and taking your time standing up. This goes for hot baths, saunas, hot tubs and anything that raises the body temperature for an extended period of time.

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RN April 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

Along with Dr. Williams’ statement, if you were already ill, it’s possible that you did have a fever. Your body’s metabolism (the mitochondria of cells) begin to lose function and die when there is an increase in body temperature. This would have just put you into a more dangerous situation. I have to say that I don’t think it was the hot bath alone that caused your issues. Though, it’s very important to ensure that baths are never TOO hot and that you have lukewarm or cooler baths when you’re ill (even though it feels good to have a hot one at the time, you’re going to feel horrible when you get out).

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Ben April 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Great information here. From things I learned via various sources online, I noticed more than one place that stated that when using salts in a hot bath, such as epsom and sea salts, they recommended trying to get your water as close to 98.6f as possible. The salts keep the water at constant level as does your body. It should be hot enough to induce the benefits of detoxing, and mineral absorption, while helping to reduce the the chances of overheating. It will still increase your heart rate and effect your blood pressure so you still need to time your bath and be careful with post bath safety. Also, I always have plenty of room temp water to drink nearby to prevent dehydration.

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Head Health Nutter May 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

This is great, Ben! Thanks for sharing this very useful info! πŸ™‚

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April May 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

My baths are so hot it sometimes takes me a minute to ease myself into it. This is my escape. I too have had the almost pass out moments, but will not dare give my baths up! I find that it helps alot to have something cool to drink with you and to take a portable fan in the bathroom with you. And if its cold outside, I will open my bathroom window.

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Ariel the Mermaid May 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hope you don’t mind me chiming in here April… that sounds mmmmarvellous to me. I hope you never keep that fan (even a portable one) too close to the bathwater, as you can get a nasty shock even from batteries if it should slip into the water. Don’t ask me how I know this! ;( I personally love a super hot bath, gradually adding the heat after I’m already in the tub as it is filling up, so that my body can acclimate. Kind of like a lobster slowly being cooked (yikes, well not exactly!) If my skin starts to turn bright RED, I know it’s way TOO hot, but opening a window to let in cold air sounds like a great way to “chill out” during a wonderful soak. Ahhh….

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Tami May 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hey guys,
I just experienced a similar story as I decided
To take a nice relaxing afternoon bath using Epsom salt. In the beginning the bath was extremely relaxing and I felt so good. However, all of a sudden I felt beating in my right ear.. ( almost like an irregular heartbeat) this was accompanied by an increased heart rate. I tried to brush it off by changing my
Position and flipping on my belly. Unfortunately it didn’t get better. The beating in my ear became louder and my heart rate went crazy. I started to drain the water so that I wouldn’t drown in case I fainted. I was able to climb out of the tub and lay down til I felt better. Has anyone have any ideas as to what causes the beating in the ear? I get the increased heart rate but what the beating in the eat is a bit alarming to me.

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Head Health Nutter May 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hi Tami,

Thanks for sharing your story with us. I`m not sure about the beating in your ear but if it`s happened more than once, I`d go see your health professional about it.

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Chris June 2, 2012 at 12:48 am

I don’t know if this will help anyone but after every work out I love to take hot baths. I turn it on as hot as it will let me. After doing that I have never felt light headed or passed out getting out of the tub. What I usually do is put a nice tall glass of cold water and drink it every now and then so I stay hydrated. Then after I’m done I sit up as the water drains out. When that’s done I slowly get up then I actually take a Luke warm to cold shower to rinse off so it cools my body down then by the time I get out of the shower I feel perfectly fine. Hopefully that will help some people out.

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Michelle June 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I missed the part about how there are as many risks as benefits from hot baths and hot tubs?

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mixie June 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I had read your post a while ago regarding the hot bath salt soak. I understood what you said and still almost fell! I soaked for a long time and thought the the water cooling off was enough. Nope! I got out and had to sit down quickly on a step by the tub. Scary. I now move even slower getting out of the tub. Thanks for the heads up, Health Nutter!

Mixie

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Elise Petterson June 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Great reminder that not all at home remedies and treatments are completely safe and fool proof. I love living a natural lifestyle and especially pay close attention to taking full advantage of natural health care, but it’s just as important to really understand how the body works and responds to different remedies, treatments, etc., especially when you’re a DIY like so many of us on this site and maybe not visiting and consulting a physician as much as we used to. For anyone interested in understanding more about natural healthcare, in addition to following all the great posts on this site, I suggest checking out http://www.abeautifulmedicine.com. David Mercier, an acupuncturist, wrote A Beautiful Medicine, and the subtitle says it all – A Radical Look at the Essence of Health and Healing. It’s fantastic, I promise you’ll learn a lot.

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Nikki August 26, 2012 at 11:05 am

Very scary that you fainted! This Friday I took a hot salt bath. I quickly got out and felt very dizzy (have done this many times before with no problem). I do have low blood pressure so as a precaution, I am going to release cold water for a little and then slowly get out for all my future baths. Appreciate you sharing your story!

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Head Health Nutter August 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

You’re welcome, Nikki! Hope the suggestions in the comment have helped prevent an injury with you!

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Heidi August 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

Just an update. I went to the Dr. and it turns out I additionally have something called “POTS” Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. This is EXACTLY why I feel sick when I take hot baths. POTS patients will get sick, weak and possibly faint with hot bathes as well as a lot of other activities… such as just changing position from sitting to standing. I have to leave the house right now, but thought Id throw this in the conversation… maybe it will help someone. I have to limit my time in a bath and I cant have it nearly as hot as I like anymore. I also take a prescription as well that helps. If you experience anything odd like this.. take a few minutes and research “P-o-t-s”.

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Head Health Nutter August 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Thank you SO much for taking the time to share this new info with us, Heidi. I’m certain this will help someone else.

Hope you’re able to adjust to this syndrome so it doesn’t affect your quality of life!!!

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Michaelpezza September 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

What a blindingly obvious and silly article. Some people just have no common sense!!!!!

So because you had a cold or whatever and was silly enough to get a bath, there dangerous? wrong. It may come as no suprise that illness raises the blood pressure, as do baths, it comes as no suprise that very high blood pressure can cause one to faint. This is particulaly true if you are in a hot bath an SUDDENLY get up getting the blood rushing while inballanced.

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Head Health Nutter September 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Umm, thanks Michaelpezza, for your compassion of my suffering (which happened only this one time during many baths over a lifetime) and for your understanding that some of us lack “common sense”.

Did you happen to read the comments by doctors that were kind enough to inform people about the dangers of hot baths as well as the surprise of others who experienced similar incidents?

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Heidi September 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

Thanks Head Health Nutter.. ALL of us lacking “common sense” (lol) are SO very thankful for this page and appreciate you taking the time to maintain it! πŸ™‚

Its unfortunate our ‘friend’ michaelpezza’s overwhelming amount of “common sense” failed to see the whole point of this page.

Sometime “we cannot see the forest for the trees…” πŸ˜‰

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Head Health Nutter September 15, 2012 at 12:11 am

Hi Heidi, thank you so much for your support and appreciation. It means a lot that you’ve taken the time to not only leave a positive comment but read the post and comments! πŸ™‚

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Lavinnia September 16, 2012 at 5:26 am

Found this. May be the answer.
“Epsom salts relax the blood vessels, which can lower blood pressure. This is a benefit for someone who suffers from hypertension, or high blood pressure. However, for someone whose blood pressure is below 120/80, which is normal according to MedlinePlus, lowering blood pressure too much can lead to hypotension and cause medical complications like dizziness and shock.”

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Head Health Nutter September 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thank you for contributing this helpful piece of info, Lavinnia!

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Cat September 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

Well it sure sounds like Michaelpezza could use a nice, hot, r-e-l-a-x-x-x-x-i-n-g bath to get that obvious crankiness & stress out of his system. ;D Not TOO hot though!!!

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Head Health Nutter September 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Hee hee, Cat! πŸ™‚

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Genevieve September 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Oh my! Sooooo helpful you all! I am a high school teacher and started feeling a cold or flu this past Thursday. Today is Saturday. 6 weeks ago we moved to a new home in a new city. Well our bathroom has no shower but rather only a 5 jetted jaccuzzi tub. I bought Epsom salts last week and put in more than usual in my daily hot hot bath today. I have normal blood pressure. Well upon coming out of the bath I felt awful, nauseated and a huge sense of throwing up. I felt disoriented and let out 2 weird yelps or yells, the ones that some people tend to just before fainting, like my Mom and I. My sweet husband upon hearing my yells came quickly to guide me to lay on our bed. Now at least 20 minutes later and I feel better. Ur still sickish. My body was super itchy for about 10 minutes after getting on my bed and my face feels a little itchy now. I will not be using Epsom salts in my bath for a while. Also I fell asleep the past 2 nights in the bath from feeling under the weather. Whitney Houston could have drowned in the tub because of relaxing in it…..

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Head Health Nutter September 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Genevieve. Thank goodness for your loving hubby! I must say, though, despite these incidents of yours, how lucky you are to have a jacuzzi! Just gotta be careful, is all. And have your hubby nearby. πŸ™‚

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TD October 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

when you heat your body up in a bath your Body’s Blood vessels Dialate=blood pressure drops.
when you suddenly stand up all that blood stays where its at below the level of your heart and the blood in your brain LEAVES because of Gravity…Blood rushing FROM HEAD not to head.
i keep myself from passing just as Jet Fighter pilots do…

Tighten -flex-contract- stomach and thigh muscles!
by doing this, you are keeping UP your blood pressure to keep from blacking out-because that is what happens when fighter pilots push to many G’s(g-force) in a very tight turn or series of maneuvers -blood leaves the brain=dizzy then…Unconsciousness.
this works for me, hope it works for you Aloha πŸ˜‰

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Abie October 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hi, this has also happened to me. Like almost twice. But then i got the answer why did this happened. In my opinion, nobody can stay in very very hot temperature area like venus cause hot temperature reduced the oxygen. You might start feeling faint if you are getting out of tub. Without oxygen, nobody survive. Body need lots of water to make the body function properly. Its doesn’t matter whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes etc. But be assured, always take warm bath so you don’t have to take hottest water bath just imagine yourself, will you survive yourself from boiling water? No. Nobody can. I am glad, I already got to know this was going to happen to me so i got out of ASAP and then went to my room
and lied down for sometime. I had plenty of water. And then i felt better and normal again. This is my opinion and what i have experience it from science class especially temperature and life topic. But i am not an expert but i got feeling this is the only reason why you must have fainted. Anyway, take care and always take little warm water and little bit of hot water. Take care.

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Jai December 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I believe ur both correct. I ALWAYS take hot baths and am ALWAYS extremely dizzy and lightheaded afterwards. I usually just lie down immediately upon getting out and I just air dry. Most times I doze off for about 2hours. Tonight when I got out I was extremely thirsty and felt ok to make it the kitchen for some water. I felt it coming before it happened but couldn’t stop it. I passed out. It wasn’t long, but I woke up a little later with major pain at my mouth and ears ringing. I stood up and made it my bathroom to asses the damage. I felt it coming again but made it to the bed to lay down in time. After awhile I felt ok enough to get that water I needed and greedily gulped it down. I’m still laying here cause I get dizzy when I stand. It’s never been this bad after a bath. The one thing that has changed in my life is that I have been put on a medicine for high/low blood pressure…mine can’t decide what it wants to do. The medicine is also for migraines and chest pains which I have both. That’s why I feel u are both correct in ur assumptions as to the dizzying and lightheadedness after a bath.

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Mike November 3, 2012 at 7:28 am

Years ago while living in Germany I was suffering from panic attacks after my mum died (I’m now a 66-year-old male), and my employer’s wife, who was a fitness fanatic, took me to the local spa and sat me in the pool for about 30 minutes. It wasn’t a hot tub, but the water was ~very~ warm. After 30 minutes I got out, but could barely stand up I was so light-headed. Somehow with her help supporting me we made it to her car, she took me back to my place and I slept like a baby for eight hours. Next day I went to the doctor and after being checked over he said I should avoid saunas in future.

On 19th October 2012 I suffered a minor heart attack and have just been discharged from hospital. The staff nurse said NO HOT BATHS! Just moderately warm ones. I do find a warm bath very relaxing. Now I’m psyching myself up for a CABG in 4 weeks’ time, as stents wouldn’t have lasted very long. The literature claims 95% success rate, so here’s hoping!

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Head Health Nutter November 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience and situation with us, Mike. Best of luck with your CABG!

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Janice November 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Just sitting here recovering from a near-faint after sitting too long in an overly warm bath. I think it’s just showers for the near future!

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Head Health Nutter November 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Scary stuff, eh, Janice? I hope some of the comments above will help you still enjoy a bath every now and again!

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Sarah November 23, 2012 at 6:33 am

I took a really hot shower this morning and after i got out, I felt nauseas and a little weak/light headed. I almost threw up and was unable to eat any thing. This lasted about an hour, then seems as quickly as I was sick, I felt better. Have had a few episodes like this in the past, I guess I’ll just have to make sure my water isn’t too hot in the future.

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Tiffany November 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm

i normally take showers, but tonight i took a hot epsom salt bath cuz was aching so bad. It was great and my body felt much better, but it seemed to have gone to my head because i picked up one hell of a headache and feel kinda woozy.guess i must of made way too hot.

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Susan Atkinson November 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I enjoy the benefits if a hot Epsom salts bath as well. A great combo is to do stretches in the tub as well!

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J December 27, 2012 at 12:01 am

When I’m done an epsom salt bath I always try to drain the water and then fill up with a cooler salt water bath so I don’t pass out!

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Jules January 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

When I lived in Iceland, I once had the same experience, I fainted after I had sat in a hot tub for an hour. Luckily I fainted in the dressing room, so someone could catch me before I hit the ground! I woke up in the first-aid room where I was stuffed with chocolate and energy drink. The nurse (well not ‘official nurse’ but person with first-aid qualifications), she explained that people faint after coming out of hot tubs when their blood sugar level lowers because of the change from the hot not-heat-absorbing water to the cooler heat-absorbing air.
A month later I went with an Icelandic familily to a natural hotspot somewhere in the middle of a dried-out lava field. The water was about 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) and while bathing the parents distributed chocolate and sweets to everyone to keep the blood sugar level up.
I think the thing that did you most harm and that caused the bleeding was the fall rather than the bath. If hart problem occur then avoid hot bath altogether but nausea should not keep you from taking hot baths. It seems also better to acquire an objective means of measuring ‘hot bath’. By that I mean: read up on what the best temperatures are for bathing at different times of the day and then simply buy a thermometer. This will both ensure that your bath is healthily hot and it will make you confident in taking hot baths end thus enhance your relaxation experience.
Have a nice Sunday!

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Tammy Porter January 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Its dangerous to soak in a hot tub for longer than 45 minutes when theres epsom salts, essential oils or anything with healing properties including the hot water itself. Too much of anything no matter how it benefits the body will be detrimental to our health. 2 hour soaks is seriously pushing it.

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Michelle February 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I don’t get hot baths, but I tend to turn up the shower knobs to the hottest temperature as I adjust to it, I always notice I feel light-headed whenever I have a shower. And I see spots. Usually I think I’m going to fall, but nothing ever happens. I am too out of it to sit there and regain my balance and usually end up walking into walls. I hope this never happens.

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steph j February 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

This has just happened to me. I had to come and look up what it could be. I knew the bath was hotter than normal but didnt want to wait for it to cool. Iwas in there for about 20 mins. my face started sweating and i began to feel faint. so decidedto get out quickly and lie on the bathroom floor. The room was spinning, and all of a sudden I needed to toilet and wanted to vomit. I wanted to passout again and suddenly couldnt see, but knew i was conscious. i could hear rushing in my ears. i managed to wet a towel with cold water and just dabbed my face to cool down. i ran a veryshallowcold bath and splashed myselfwith cold water. I had tocall my bf to say what happened, but for a moment i wasthinking i was going to have to call 911 or geta neighbour to help me, and how on earth would i get out the bathroom to unlock the door, or even get dressed. Very scary. Your comments have all really helped me so i thank you all for posting.

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Jesse March 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi,

One of the very first articles I ever read about the healing/health benefits of warm baths warned specifically about getting up or out to fast after a soak. Your basic hot bath soak (I hope I remember this correctly) lowers your blood pressure as you relax. The article suggested soaks no longer than 15 mins at the hottest temp. It also suggested cooling the bath off before getting out by adding come cold water. The idea is to bring your body temp back to it’s normal range and bring the blood pressure back up. They also advise you get up and out slowly and carefully stopping the moment you feel any dizzyness.

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Brittany May 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

I usually take hot showers too. Only tonight I had the water really hot and didn’t have the fan on to circulate the air. I was in there for about an hour or so and started feeling like I was going to be sick so I sat down and then felt dizzy I immediately turned the cold water on but I was still getting more and more dizzy. I jumped out of the shower and put my clothes on before I fainted and came and laid in my bed. I am still very dizzy and am having hot and cold sweats. My temperature of my blood most have been so hot it slowed my heart right down! My old friend from high school unfortunately had the worst. His brother came back from a run and had a hot shower. Way to hot sadly it slowed his heart rate right down until he fainted and then his heart just stopped. Wasn’t more than about an hour later that his family had noticed he was taking to long once they opened the door it was to late. All that hot water has kept running on his body while he was already out, nothing could be done to help him.
Please be very careful as hot showers or baths are actually EXTREMELY dangerous and can cause death!

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Mr.Hanky May 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm

i only take baths when i have a final or a cold, i take the baths to relax and/or focus on studying. when i have a cold i can be in for 1-2hours, studys can land me a good 3-7 hour bath (late night)…but i usually end it when id need to “refresh/reheat” the water (something i do frequently until im done), so its usually just sort of warm when i get out. i am a super soaker

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Ada June 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I took a really long steamy bath today and I got out and went to take a cool shower and I saw black patches in my vision and passed out. At most hotels, the hot tubs say that you shouldn’t stay in them for more than 10 minutes.

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Daniel June 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

I regularly take hot baths as preferred to standing in a shower for up to ten minutes, and find it highly therapeutic in addition to being good for my health. However, there have been times where I have felt light-headed and dizzy as described above although no fainting (touch wood) has been experienced thus far. The best thing to do is stick your elbow in as it’s running to make sure the temperature isn’t too hot, and adjust it as you see fit. Standing up too quickly will make you fall over in the bath so a steady rise is recommended; as for headaches these are common but temporary and usually subside. I’m off for a bath myself now!

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Joyce July 1, 2013 at 7:57 am

I am still feeling dizzy from last nights hot bath. I cant even sit for a long period of time in a chair without standing, stretching, then feel faint. Its definitley a blood pressure problem. After a bath, I never feel as close to death as I do when sitting/getting out of a hot bath/shower. As of now, I am weak feeling as if I just got out of the hospital. God help us all who suffer from this feeling not to mention, I am prescribed high blood pressure pills that I rarely take. Not smart I know. I am shocked to read that Im not the only one.

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Chris July 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I have hot baths all the time, if I feel strange I get out and sit on the edge then once I’ve cooled down enough I get back in. Love the clean feel you get form hot water.

I find the mind runs away and I come up with some great ideas in the bath.

Yes dont over do the heat…

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Danie July 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

Bathing in hot water is a habit i’ve taken up months ago not only because of the blissfull sensations it delivers but also because I found out that it burns a lot calories. The loss of liquids and calories happens very quickly and therefore the physic is subject to a sudden switch of temperature within. I figure that is what causes drowsiness which can lead to fainting. There is a trick to avoid so and that is to chill up the tub just a little bit before you get out of it. That helps the body to gradually settle back into its habitual envoironment.

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Scott September 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

I have hot baths all the time and when i say hot i mean when i get in my skin turns red, though dont know why i never seem to feel the heat on my back and will lay in it for min of a hour to two hours before getting out but yet have never felt faint from it or passed out i guess im just lucky from that and after getting out can quite easy do anything i want to from going out to playing on my pc, though still dont know why my back never feels the heat it only ever feels luke warm at best there

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samedayflowers September 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I’ve experienced the feeling dizzy and like i’m about to pass out many a time upon getting out of a hot bath. There’s a few things I do which prevent this from happening. One is don’t stay in there too long, no longer than 20-30 mins. Second, if you don’t want to be laying on a bed recovering for half an hour after you get out simply run the cold 10 minutes before you plan on getting out and the body will cool down so you aren’t dripping with sweat for 20 minutes after you’ve got out and losing even more potassium.

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peter September 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

is hot water bath dangerous to skin?

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Tony October 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

I take hot hot hot baths at least four to five times a week, sometimes seven days a week. The only problem I’ve experienced is sweating from my head. It’s real annoying. I have high blood pressure, COPD, and recently spent five days in the hospital due to a blood clot in my leg and pulmonary embolisms in both of my lungs. It’s been three weeks now and I’m taking blood thinner’s. I still take hot baths four to seven hot hot hot baths a week. I’m hoping I can get a professional opinion on this subject. Please feel free to email me if you have or here more on this topic. Thanks for everyone’s remarks.

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Tom Thomas October 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I have owned a hot tub for 7 years now and absolutely could not live without it. I love it for those cold crisp winter nights when it’s 15 degrees out.

But proper water quality is critical to your health too. If you use too much chlorine (or other chemicals) it is very unhealthy for you. Proper water balance is key and it is a science. Since I have learned how hard it is to maintain the water in a hot tub I stopped using public hot tubs.

***HOWEVER*** the hot temperature greatly affects your cardiovascular system and thus people that are unhealthy (and folks that are not “in good physical shape” are usually affected by being in a hot tub. I always warn guests when they get out they will feel light headed for a few moments and to be very cautious.

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Aaron November 10, 2013 at 2:15 am

Please be sure to drink a lot before and after the shower or bath!!!
Crazy story!!! I am sorry to hear this happened, but I am glad that you are alright!

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Celeste Mann November 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

This is an old story, but people are still commenting, so I’ll comment. I’m not a health professional, but I think the fact that you were sick or trying to get sick, had a lot to do with it. Your body was already working with a depressed immune system and trying to fight off an infection. You may have had a fever or been dehydrated because of it. Sitting in the hot water may have just been the wrong thing to do at that time.

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Head Health Nutter November 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Thanks to everyone who has commented on this post! You’re all fabulous for taking the time to share your thoughts, sympathies and suggestions. πŸ™‚ From all the info gathered here, from laymen and health pros, it seems as if the main cause of the accident came from the water being way to hot. Let this be a warning for all those who love really hot water, just be careful!!!

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Justin December 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Drink plenty of water before, during and following your hot baths. When it is time to get out transition yourself slowly. Start at a sitting position and work your way up gradually. If at any point you feel light headed sit back down and recover (unplug bath drain first obviously) for a moment.

You most likely got lit headed due to dehydration, but it could also be the shock to your system going from hot to cool, laying down to standing too quickly.

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melissa December 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

I have been taking extremely hot baths (115 degrees) Daily for about 10 years now. I have not been sick once since then. I am talking colds and flu’s. Not a one! think there might be a connection. I so look forward to my daily soak. Will never take a shower again unless absolutely necessary!

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willson March 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

This is nice post. Hot foot baths can help with colds and headaches as well as refreshing tired feet. Pour enough hot water into the bath or a bowl to cover your feet and ankles and add a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender, peppermint, thyme or lemon. Finish by rinsing your feet with cold water.

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Charlie June 18, 2014 at 6:40 am

Some advice, when you get out of a hot bath, DO IT SLOWLY to avoid passing out…then you wouldn’t have this problem.

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jennifer eshun September 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I am in my early thirties, I have been bathing hot water for over 15 years now I am two and half months pregnant and still bathing hot water, will it be harmful? please advice me

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Head Health Nutter September 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Hi Jennifer, congrats on your pregnancy! Your question is best answered by your health professional. This blog and the comments are for informational purposes only. Best of luck!

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daryl painter January 8, 2017 at 10:14 am

hi guy’s just been reading your comments about hot baths i always look forward to having one on saturday night’s i no im a bit naughty because i have quite hot can’t stand a warm one. anyway there was times when i felt faint but i have sussed how to combat that i get up and then bend my head down on to my chest so my chin is touching my chest for a while and then i don’t feel faint . my wife vicky say’s im mad staying in a bath to long probably .an hour just add a bit more hot water and doe’s any body no if it can cause cramp in your legs let me no daryl painter

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Nadine Sadler March 11, 2017 at 2:07 am

OMG, THANK YOU FOR SHARING,YR STORY.IM SO GLAD YR OK. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN WORST. I JUST FINISHED HAVING A HOT BATH TO RELAX, FROM osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.The pain is unbelievable , Epson salt bath is great,but your absolutely correct you MUST be careful.. I felt dizzy and not in my clear mind. Heavily fatigued

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Keshia May 27, 2017 at 2:15 am

I think Maybe you might have been dealing with Dehydration. Even if your in water it doesn’t mean you won’t need hydration through drinking water I always get two bottles of water with me when I take a hot bath. I’ve never fainted so yeah but I could be wrong. The reason I believe it’s dehydration cause I read somewhere that you can get dizzy and even pass out when your dehydrated. But i’m glad your okay now so take care.

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