Hot Tub Rash

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    Jun 26, 2013 6:56 AM GMT
    Ive been using the pool and hot tub at my gym for a few months prob since Feb, doing laps for cardio, the last month though, ive noticed these little red spots randomly around my body (about 12 total now), mainly on my shoulders and around my ankles and I have one on the back of my right hand, they don't hurt or itch, I just noticed them about a week ago, ive never had a rash of any kind since I was a kid, im hiv neg since testing regularly for almost 10 years, not to long ago, I got another sinus infection (regular during spring/summer) had a sore throat and sinus drainage, it was right after this I started to notice these red spots, I swim and shower at the gym regularly at least twice a week, I have noticed the pool has been a lot more dirty than usual with "floaties", and the hot tub "hair floaties" are gross, there are a lot of assholes who don't shower before entering the pool or hot tub, I guess they cant read

    Have any of you ever had a hot tub rash? or random rash looking spots after swimming? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_tub_folliculitis, http://www.syrinxza.com/skin-allergies/swimming-pool-ras/

    I am going to make a dermatologist appointment, if they say this is caused by dirty pool or hot tub, should I contact the gym? im worried now because the spots have not gone away but I continue to swim in their pool
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 26, 2013 7:46 AM GMT
    Yuck!... That just sounds gross. However, I think the chlorine takes care of the germs. You might be having a reaction to the chemicals, or maybe it's just stress. Rashes can be caused by many things, really.
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    Jun 26, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    Most likely the gym staff keeps the chlorine (or bromine) concentration and pH in the correct range. But "floaties" might be a danger sign. Bacteria can be protected inside films and on particles, which could let them transfer between bodies. You could always surreptitiously grab a sample for a total bacteria count.

    When I was in college during "the great energy crisis" of the 70's-80's, one of the emergency measures was turning off the pool circulation pumps on nights and weekends. Monday mornings, there was quite a nasty crust on the surface of the water. Diving into that was just the perfect start to a cold miserable day. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 26, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    had a tub for years. Hated it. If the chemicals were off at all i got a rash. I never had anyone (cept family) in it. Now it sits empty and full of spiders.. Its going to the dump as soon as I can remove it.
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    Jun 26, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    Floaties (and/or foam) are a sure sign that the gym staff may not be doing their job properly. You could be getting a reaction to some bacteria in the water (or from the rim) or from the chemicals. Sometimes when a facility falls behind on their water maintenance they'll over compensate by dumping in additional chemicals. If the balance is off (too high or too low) that can cause skin irritations.

    Good to see the dermatologist in any case
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    Jun 26, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    I used to use the hot tub at our old YMCA (on the days they kept it clean), and it was almost never kept up. Tons of brown foam around the edges, it was really disgusting.
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    Jun 26, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    pf0081 saidI used to use the hot tub at our old YMCA (on the days they kept it clean), and it was almost never kept up. Tons of brown foam around the edges, it was really disgusting.


    yeah, when I see too much foam, I figured its a "dirty" hot tub and I avoid, but I see others in it, you would think that these gyms would monitor this closer given a new report about dirty public or semi public pools

    im going to go out on a limb here and say since LA Fitness bought the area Bally's, they maybe under staffed or current staff lacks training, I have also noticed that the floor in the locker room area is always wet, sometimes puddles, one maintenance guy mops the floor or uses a wet/dry vac, I don't remember the locker room floor being this wet before, i come out of the shower area with dry feet and enter locker room, now i have wet feet standing at my locker, strange, I wonder where its coming from? AC turned off? they may need a dehumidifier, they do have a floor fan on between the shower room and locker room
  • helloandgoodb...

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    Jun 27, 2013 10:54 AM GMT
    avoid that hot tub, wear flip flops in the locker room...and change gyms as soon as you can
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    Jun 27, 2013 11:47 AM GMT
    Get it checked by a doctor, it might just be a reaction to something in the pool.