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April 16, 2012 at 3:45 PMComments: 6 Faves: 0

Is Your Hot Tub Poisoning You?

By Rex More Blogs by This Author

This may be happening to you right now! Well, probably not to the point where it is coming alive and making you eat foxglove or drink cyanide.

But, it could be hurting you.

I have been researching Bromine and it's effects on the human body. Bromine, although it may be useful in keeping your hot tub clean of algae and other creeping things, exposure to you may be just as dangerous. If it is inhaled or if it contacts your skin directly, it causes direct tissue injury. Along with that, the symptoms do not show up immediately. Because of this delay, it can cause more extreme damage since you are not aware that its happening. What usually happens when there is contact is a blistering and brownish discoloration on the skin, along with slow healing ulcers. This could also include eye irritation, coughing, and headache. At more concentrations it has been known to cause acidosis and subsequent death! Death probably wouldn't happen in a hot tub, but I know that I would think twice before I would use Bromine to clean my tub.

So, are there better alternatives for hot tub treatment? Yes, there are many different products out there that will keep your tub clean with enzymes rather than harsh chemicals. Also, if you don't mind salt water, there are salt filtration systems you can use to purify the water.

Source:

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@rn+7726-95-6

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6 Comments

  • *eye twitch* may or may not be never going in a hot tub again.....

  • Dayton - You don't need to do that. Just be certain of what they use. If it's bromine, make it a short dip! :-)

  • Great blog, Rex! Also, as a testament to how bad bromine is for your body...I actually get rashes if I go in a hot tub full of bromine. So, if your skin is saying no, say no to bromine! Salt water sounds like a great alternative...a lot more natural!

  • Thanks Bri! Yes, it's crazy how many things people use everyday that are this bad for us!

  • Interesting - thanks for the insight!

  • IM FINDING IM GETTING MIGRAINS? WHEN I STOPPED USING THE TUB FOR A MONTH ,FOUND MY MIGRAINS WERE NO LONGER THERE? USUALLY GETS SPARKED UP WHEN I HAVE A BEER! FOR THE MONTH I STOPPED USING HOTTUB, I FOUND I COULD ENJOY A BEER? WITHOUT THE HEADACHE?IV NOW SWITCHED TO OILS!

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