25 April 2008

Jacuzzi: more harm than good?

Every manufacturer of this product says that a Jacuzzi is good for health, and consumers themselves are delighted with using such a bathroom. After all, it's so nice to lie in a bathtub with a hydro massage. 

In fact, there are many negative sides to the procedure of taking a Jacuzzi bath.

Rita B. Moyes, a microbiologist at Texas A&M University, analyzed 43 water samples taken from public and private hot tubs. As studies have shown, the growth of all kinds of microbes is observed in such water. If a teaspoon of ordinary tap water contains 138 bacteria, then there were 2 million of them in the water from the jacuzzi. In addition, almost 100% of the samples of this water turned out to be intestinal bacteria, and 80% – pathogenic fungi. Staphylococci turned out to be in 34% of the water from the jacuzzi, and they pose a real threat to human life, as well as non-tuberculosis mycobacteria. But, since the analysis was carried out only for a certain number of microbes, it is most likely that the main part of the pathogens could not be determined. In addition, no analysis was carried out for viruses, but, most likely, they are present in such water.

How do they get into the water if the same water is used for a regular bath and for a Jacuzzi? The fact is that the chemical treatment of jacuzzi pipes is difficult, and the pipes serve as a favorable environment for the growth and reproduction of bacteria and other dangerous microorganisms. Such microorganisms cause a number of different diseases that are difficult to treat. Little is known about them. Often, diseases are misdiagnosed, and, accordingly, are treated as other ailments.

According to doctors, recently they had to deal with some cases of mysterious lung disease in children. It turned out that in all these cases, the children lived in houses where there is a Jacuzzi. And the disease turned out to be caused by non–tuberculosis mycobacteria (see below - VM).

It turned out to be all about the bubbles! Or rather, in their contents. They, escaping from a hot bath, form the smallest aerosol in the air. When the aerosol is inhaled from the bubbles, all of the above and many other pathogens enter the lungs.

In addition, microbes contained in the jacuzzi can cause infections of the genitourinary tract and skin. And they pose the greatest danger to children, the elderly and people whose immunity is weakened.

...Currently, there is an increase in mycobacteriosis diseases everywhere, which is probably due to an increase in the number of patients with damage to the immune system with chronic nonspecific lung diseases, as well as an increased number of studies on non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTMB) and an improvement in their diagnosis. An important role in the increase of mycobacteriosis is played by the deterioration of the ecological situation in certain regions...
...diagnostic difficulties, high natural resistance of NTMB to antibacterial drugs leads to the development of chronic destructive lung lesions or disseminated processes. The disease has an unfavorable prognosis, with frequent exacerbations, constant bacterial excretion and a high percentage of deaths.
NTMB causes diseases of the lungs, lymph nodes, skin, soft and bone tissues... Lymphangoitis occurs exclusively in children from 1.5 to 10 years of age. The submandibular and parotid lymph nodes are affected. Fast-growing mycobacteria often cause wound infection, postoperative complications during organ transplantation, peritoneal dialysis. Recently, there has been a course of mycobacteriosis in the form of a disseminated infection...
(T.F. Otten, Mycobacteriosis of the lungs: clinical and bacteriological diagnostic criteria // Big Target Journal on Tuberculosis No. 5-1999.)

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