What are the concerns related to infrared saunas?

What are the concerns related to infrared saunas?

Sauna is the Finnish ritual of losing weight. It requires the sauna participants to sit in a heated chamber where the humidity level is controlled by pouring water onto heated stones. Saunas are found mostly in spas, resorts, fitness centers and even homes. Infrared sauna is a special type of sauna in which infrared rays are used to make the closed environment heated. In other words, these sweat producing rays help people lose weight. Many sauna participants prefer infrared saunas as they believe that the sweat produced during saunas help releasing stress, clean pores and detoxify body.

Infrared saunas provide a number of benefits, yet one should be very careful about its negative consequences. The concerns related to such saunas are discussed here.

Vulnerable population

Some people must be very careful about the sauna usage, rather they should avoid taking a sauna. Expecting women who is suffering from any sort of pregnancy related complications should strictly avoid using sauna, especially the infrared therapy. Guys and girls below 16 should be allowed to take this therapy only under supervision of adults. The sauna session must not last for more than half an hour, irrespective of the age, gender and physical health of the participant. The first and foremost thing you should do while using infrared therapy is to take someone who can help you in case you feel sick or faint during the sauna session. If your sauna facility won’t allow you to take a buddy with you, then you tell the operator that how long you want to stay in the area as a safety measure.

Cardiovascular factor

Individuals with a history of or with a current cardiac issues must not use saunas unless their physicians advice. People, who have recent heart attacks, unstable angina pectoris or severe aortic stenosis must avoid using a infrared sauna. It may work as a catalyst to enhance cardiovascular and circulatory issues. Such conditions can be agitated further by the dry heat of the sauna which causes people to sweat and blood pressure to change. The symptoms of sauna’s negative effects may include lack of sweating, nausea, fast heartbeat, lightheadedness, dizziness. Alcohol can stimulate the condition even more and result in other serious health condition if coupled with cardiovascular issues like arrhythmia.

Dermatological and respiratory issues

Infrared saunas often cause problems in people with respiratory issues. Conventional steam saunas provide comfort to people in need of warm moist air, but infrared therapy produces dry heat and hot air which complicate health issues in people with respiratory conditions. Sweating caused by infrared sauna often results in irritation and itching to the people with dermatological conditions. Therefore, if you have dermatological issues like eczema, you must carefully check your skin’s color and monitor the type of discomfort, if any.

Word of caution 

Saunas are very common therapy that people can use even every day. But when it comes to infrared saunas, you should consult your physician before using them, especially if you’re suffering from any medical condition. You must be aware of the pros and cons of infrared sauna. Your physician is the best person to confirm whether or not you should use such sauna. Don’t forget to ask him about the medications and the infrared heat. Some medicines which are used for treating acne often reduce a person’s tolerance of exposure to sunlight.

Jane Fonda is an old-hand lifestyle blogger. Her lifestyle related write-ups include topics like infrared saunas, saunas etc.