One of our readers sent in a question regarding whether or not it was safe to use a hot tub, or visit a spa with a sauna, or even get into a mud bath while on chemo.
What an excellent question, I mean, we still deserve to be pampered and have our skin rejuvenated right? And if we are trying to heal ourselves from the inside out, what better way to treat ourselves than by soaking in a hot tub, or sweating out toxins in a sauna?
Our reader states that at the treatment facility she goes to, they suggested that she utilize a hot tub. She was nervous about using a spa at a public pool, or the one in her apartment complex, so she saved up some money and purchased the smallest one person hot tub she could find on the market. She said it was a bit of a hassle scheduling the delivery, finding a spa moving company, and then having her brother, who is an electrician, come out to install the hot tub.
All things considered, she fell in love with it right away. She said that not only did she feel better as a result of regularly soaking in hot water, but that jumping into a cold shower shortly after she got out of the spa gave her a boost of energy.
She also noticed that her skin was looking nicer. While we are focused on health and fitness, it never hurts to look good while doing it.
In all seriousness, let’s take a look at the benefits and risks associated with using a hot tub during chemo.
People have been using hot water as a way to cure ailments since ancient times. As far back as the Greeks and Romans, people used to congregate in large bath houses and purify their skin, cleanse themselves, and detoxify using the power of hot water, steam and open pores to let all the mucus out.
Today, therapeutic research affirms the conventional conviction that placing yourself in high temp water, truly, may help your immune system.
How awesome it would be if doctors and health practitioners would give the proper credit to these elective, holistic approached to healthcare as oppose to force feeding us pills and exposing us to radiation that just doesn’t work. In some cases, they do, I know that it worked for my family members. But there has to be another solution, that allows us to minimize side effects, and have a more active role the recovery of our bodies, instead of poisoning the entire system in attempt to chase out a few bad apples.
It should be noted, it is important to use common sense when it comes to exposing yourself to any infections. Our immune systems are not as strong as before, which is why proper personal hygiene is paramount in any decision you make. Even if you don’t think that you want to use a hot tub as therapy make sure that you are protecting yourself at all times.
- Washing your hands several times throughout the day helps reduce the risk of coming into contact with infectious diseases and viruses that can compromise your health.
- Cleansing the entire body thoroughly (from head to toe) before entering and after exiting the hot tub helps remove foreigners and parasites that may not be affected by the high temperatures in these environments
- Try to bringing your own sandals to protect your feet from making prolonged contact with the floor, bring your own towels to ensure cleanliness and sanitary standards, and bring your own robe to act as an extra barrier before showering off.
There are a lot of different opinions on if it is safe to use a hot tub while treating cancer with chemo, but it all depends on our individual preferences. No two patients are the same, and we are all at different stages of recovery.
Of course, patients with open wounds, or ports for colostomy bags etc should refrain from submerging in water for extended periods of time. In all cases, this site is not written by medical professionals, just some caring survivors who are here to help.
As with any advice, contact your physician to discuss your options before experimenting with anything on this site.