Whirlpools and Bacteria, the dangers!
Whirlpools and bacteria, not a good match!
Do you know the dangers of whirlpools and bacteria? How many bacteria are lurking around in your whirlpool bath in Manhattan?
There is nothing like having a long soak in a hot whirlpool bath after a stressful or physically exhausting day. But, did you know that the water you are taking your leisurely soak in could be some of the filthiest water in the world?
95% of the whirlpools contained fecal-derived bacteria. This is only one reason for the dangers of whirlpools and bacteria.
Whirlpools can be a breeding ground for pathogens, bacteria, and viruses, making the water ground zero for many infectious diseases. Studies have been done using private and public whirlpools that indicate mild to extremely dangerous bacterial growth in 100% of the baths tested. To make the statistics even worse, 95% of the whirlpools contained fecal-derived bacteria, 81% contained fungus, and 34% contained staph, which can cause deadly staph infections.
The main cause of microbes being in the whirlpools is the lining of the pipes because the air inside is not accessible and the water gets trapped for long periods of time. So, when the jets get turned on, the bacteria living in the pipes then enters the whirlpool where it can cause real trouble for the person soaking in it.
Imagine that a teaspoon of tap water contains roughly 138 bacteria. (not all tap water contains these bacteria). A teaspoon of whirlpool water, by comparison, has 2.17 MILLION bacteria.
The trapped bacteria in those pipes do nothing but grow. Some of the side effects of these harmful bacteria entering your system can include:
- Skin infections (many types)
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)
The jets also cause an aerosol effect which forces the microbes into your lungs or open cuts. Legionella Pneumophila is the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease. Legionella Pneumophila prospers in a warm water environment.
If you would like to prevent these bacteria from causing illness, the whirlpool pipes should be scraped and cleaned. The problem is, there is not much hope of that happening in public hot tubs.
The decision is yours to make on whether or not to enter, but you should never enter with open wounds, as you don’t know what kind of virus or bacteria may infect you.