What Should I Know About Steam Room Safety?

Bronwyn Harris

When steam room safety is properly observed, steam baths can be extremely relaxing, and provide a myriad of health benefits. Spending time in a steam room can reduce stress, help with breathing problems, relieve the pain of sore muscles, and help you sleep. Whether you use a steam room at home or at the gym, it is important to understand basic steam room guidelines.

A steam room.
A steam room.

It may seem obvious, but steam rooms use heat as well as humidity. If you have any health problems, consult a doctor before you use a steam bath. High blood pressure, heart disease, and various other cardiovascular problems can be exacerbated by high temperatures. In addition, pregnant women and small children should not use steam rooms.

Pregnant women should not use steam rooms.
Pregnant women should not use steam rooms.

For maximum steam room safety, drink plenty of water both before and after the steam bath, since dehydration can be a problem even in a humid environment. Dehydration can be a very serious problem and should be avoided, so make sure you stay hydrated. Also, make sure that you wait at least an hour after eating a big meal before you enter a steam room.

Hot steam treatments can exacerbate high blood pressure and heart disease.
Hot steam treatments can exacerbate high blood pressure and heart disease.

Steam rooms should never be used by people who have a fever or any type, or open wounds. Both of these conditions can get much worse in a steam bath. Additionally, open wounds should not touch surfaces that will come into contact with other people's skin, as they can spread infection.

Drinking plenty of fluids before and after a steam bath can help prevent dehydration.
Drinking plenty of fluids before and after a steam bath can help prevent dehydration.

When you first start using a steam room, pay attention to steam room safety and limit your time in the room. Start with a session of around 15 to 20 minutes, leaving the steam room when you begin to feel uncomfortable. You can always build up to a longer steam room session, but begin by a short relaxing steam bath.

Although it may seem natural to go into a steam room right after exercising, it is best to actually let your body cool down before you go into the steam bath. One aspect of steam room safety is making sure that you are not subjecting your body to hyperthermia, which can happen when you are extremely overheated.

Spending time in a steam room may help relieve sore muscles.
Spending time in a steam room may help relieve sore muscles.

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Discussion Comments

anon258918

Can we take a steam bath daily?

anon128300

I usually take a cold shower after steaming. You want the body to return to normal temperature.

anon68490

after steaming, what will i use, cold or hot shower? how many minutes should i take before going to shower?

osmosis

I don't know if it's a risk to their health but it's kind of gross, if the steam room is anything like the one in my gym. Because then people are sitting on/lying on bits of your dead skin. so unless there's a shower in there, i wouldn't.

bootcampbe

Is exfoliating my body in a public steam room at the gym with several people inside a risk to their health? I was told I could not exfoliate because it is a health issue.

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