Who Shouldn’t Use The Sauna?

If appropriately used, saunas can provide some great health benefits. The sauna has the power to bring a change to our body and get rid of harmful toxins. However, everybody should take some level of precaution before visiting.  One of the best precautions you can take is to see a health professional before you plan to visit a sauna regularly.

A thorough health checkup will ensure that your body is ready to stand the sauna without having any adverse effects. Even though heat is considered a rejuvenating element for the body, some people cannot stand high heat. Hence, here we will talk about those who perhaps shouldn’t use the sauna.

One of the first red flags is for people who suffer from cardiovascular issues. Heat can raise your body’s heart rate quite significantly, which can be bad for your heart if you have any underlying cardiac problems.  People have died in the sauna because of a heart attack after having an undiagnosed heart condition.

Another red flag indicator is blood pressure issues. A raised heartbeat or high blood pressure can restrict proper blood flow, and adequate blood flow is essential when you are in a heated environment. Complete blood work and a full body checkup will help you know if there is any need to give special attention to your health. This is especially true for those who have a pacemaker.

Other Instances Where You Should Avoid the Sauna

Let us look at some other ailments or health conditions where you should avoid the sauna or, at a minimum, seek help from a doctor before visiting:

●     Pregnant women should avoid the sauna and should seek their doctor’s advice before continuing regular sauna sessions. It is best to avoid going to a sauna totally during your third trimester.

●      People who have a hangover or have had alcohol in the last 24 hours before coming to the sauna should avoid the session. It has been estimated that 71% of sauna accidents happen because of alcohol consumption. The same applies to drug usage, as narcotics may numb your senses and inhibit your capacity to feel the heat. 

●  Overweight or obese people who have a chronic ailment or any other medical condition should consult a doctor before attempting a sauna session.

●      People who are suffering from diabetes or thyroid-related issues.

●    If you are on regular medication, it is always best to consult a doctor before starting regular sauna sessions. This is especially true for those reliant on diuretics, barbiturates, beta-blockers, and anticholinergics.

●   Older adults and children need to be extra careful about visiting a sauna. They shouldn’t spend more than 15-minutes in any sauna, and they should use a lower temperature if available.

●    People who have a chronic disease or any other problems related to controlling heat or sweating should avoid saunas. People with conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes with Neuropathy, and Central Nervous System tumors, are known to have impaired sweating.

●    It is best to avoid a sauna when you suffer from a high fever, common cold, or seasonal flu. If you have allergies or asthma, you might want to perform a short exposure test first, as the heat may irritate the condition – or you may be fine, depending on the severity of your condition.

●   If you happen to have a metal implant in your body, it is best to avoid going to an infrared sauna. However, you should consult a doctor to check if it’s okay to visit a traditional sauna or a steam room.

●   People who suffer from frequent dehydration spells or heat sensitivity issues should also refrain from having intense sauna sessions.

And don’t forget that it’s better to be safe than sorry!  I wish you a safe and fun sauna session

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