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Doctor insights on: Benefits Of A Steam Room Vs Sauna

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Does using a steam room or sauna have any health benefits

Does using a steam room or sauna have any health benefits

Sauna: Sauna use may reduce the incidence of the common cold, and temporarily relieve the symptoms. It increases performance in endurance sport, increases plasma volume and red cell volume in athletes, decreased systolic blood pressure, significantly improved exercise tolerance, increased peak respiratory oxygen uptake, and enhanced anaerobic threshold in chronic conditions. ...Read more

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What benefits do a sauna and steam room have I have heard since it elevate your body temperature it helps fight bacteria and virus?

What benefits do a sauna and steam room have I have heard since it elevate your body temperature it helps fight bacteria and virus?

None: There are no known health benefits to sauna and steam room. People just think it feels good. Theoretically, warming your muscles might help exercise or post-exercise pain by increasing blood flow and flushing out the lactic acids that can build up. But you have to be careful not to raise your body temperature too much. It can be dangerous with certain medical conditions. ...Read more

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Is the sauna and steam room ill advised for asthma?

Is the sauna and steam room ill advised for asthma?

For some: Hot moist air can trigger asthma attacks, consult with your doctor who manages your asthma, they know you better. ...Read more

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Can sitting in a a sauna/steam room help relieve chest congestion?

Can sitting in a a sauna/steam room help relieve chest congestion?

Depends on cause: It depends what is causing chest congestion. If bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia, antibiotics will first line treatment. Sauna/steam room will probably not help. If asthma induced bronchi spasm, heat may exacerbate chest congestion. ...Read more

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What benefits are there in using a sauna and how long do I have to be in there to benefit?

What benefits are there in using a sauna and how long do I have to be in there to benefit?

Sauna: Historically, saunas have been used to sweat out impurities from the body. For health reasons, you should not stay in a sauna for more than 10-20 minutes at a time. After and during, it is important to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Many people believe they can use saunas to lose weight, however you only lose water weight which you will put back on as soon as you take a drink. ...Read more

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Wat are the benefits of the sauna and how long should I stay in there the first time I use it?

Wat are the benefits of the sauna and how long should I stay in there the first time I use it?

Below: The November issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch explains how these changes may influence a man's health.

"All in all, saunas appear safe for the body, but there is little evidence that they have health benefits above and beyond relaxation and a feeling of well-being, " says Dr. Harvey Simon, editor-in-chief of Harvard Men's Health Watch. However, heart patients should check with their doctors before taking a sauna. Studies show them to be safe for people with stable coronary artery disease. "But patients with poorly controlled blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, unstable angina, and advanced heart failure or heart valve disease will probably be advised to stay cool, " says Dr. Simon.

He suggests that sauna users follow these simple precautions:
•Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair sweating and produce overheating before and after your sauna.
•Stay in no more than 15–20 minutes.
•Cool down gradually afterward.
•Drink two to four glasses of cool water after each sauna.
•Don't take a sauna when you are ill, and if you feel unwell during your sauna, head for the door. ...Read more

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What kind of exercise is using a sauna? How can it benefit me? Should I use it b4 or after or both when working out?

What kind of exercise is using a sauna? How can it benefit me? Should I use it b4 or after or both when working out?

No real exercise!: Although time in a sauna may feel good and relax your muscles, the increasing sweating truly depletes your body of fluid and electrolytes. It would not be a good idea either before or after working out. Better to do it after a great massage or before a nice long evening together. Just remember to rehydrate with water and electrolytes! ...Read more

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7 going 8 months preggy and just want to ask if sauna or steam bath is allowed for me how many minutes is allowed?

7 going 8 months preggy and just want to ask if sauna or steam bath is allowed for me how many minutes is allowed?

Not recommended.: It is not recommended for pregnant women to use a sauna, steam room, or hot tub/jacuzzi. Would recommend waiting until after delivery. ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea to use a steam sauna for eczema?

Would it be a good idea to use a steam sauna for eczema?

No: Steam sauna or any prolonged exposure to hot water/steam is very bad for the skin and should be avoided. These hot environments strips the skin of much needed moisture and leave your skin feeling dry. This is especially bad if you suffer from eczema. Take quick lukewarm showers and avoid harsh/drying cleansers. Make sure to moisturize with fragrant-free moisturizers like Vanicream or Cetaphil. ...Read more

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What is the maximum temperature that is safe in a sauna/steam bath if you have svt?

What is the maximum temperature that is safe in a sauna/steam bath if you have svt?

Sauna/steam: If you have svt you should avoid both saunas and steam baths or situations which cause excess e sweating which increases your loss of fluids which can increase your likelihood of having svt. ...Read more

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Hi! Can the creatinine level be reduced by Steam / sauna bath. The creatinine level is 8.2 can this be reduced by any other means other than Dialysis.

Hi! Can the creatinine level be reduced by Steam / sauna bath. The creatinine level is 8.2 can this be reduced by any other means other than Dialysis.

No: It is a very high number and it might get a little bit better on its own. But i. General, people with high creatinine that cannot be brought back down with medical management are better off with dialysis to filter all the toxins in their bodies. ...Read more

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How often can I use steam sauna for neck and lower back pain?

How often can I use steam sauna for neck and lower back pain?

Often: As often as you want, as long as you keep yourself hydrated to replace the fluid you lose in sweat. Stop if you're dizzy or thirsty. ...Read more

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I have svt. We have a wood burning sauna (steam bath). The temperature is usually as high as 180-200degrees fahrenhiet. Will it stimulate my heart?

I have svt. We have a wood burning sauna (steam bath). The temperature is usually as high as 180-200degrees fahrenhiet. Will it stimulate my heart?

See a cardiologist: Ablation is very effective. Meds tend to be disappointing. As you get older the svt is likely to get worse. Meanwhile avoid stimulents, stay out of the sauna, and sleep the same every night. ...Read more

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Is sauna good for you? And why?

Is sauna good for you? And why?

Can be.: Sauna helps you sweat which is one of the ways your body gets rid of toxins. Sweating is an important part of being healthy and sauna can help with that. Sauna is not appropriate for everyone however and you should discuss it with your physician. Take care! ...Read more

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Is going to sauna everyday good or bad?

Ok: It's okay as long as you go just for a short period of ime 10-15 minutes at the most, and you get out of it if you start having any physical symptoms like dizziness, fatigue etc. You should also drink enough water, to avoid dehydration. ...Read more

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Can I go to the sauna if I have a small mioma?

Can I go to the sauna if I have a small mioma?

Yes: You should be able to still use the sauna. However, you would want to not use the sauna if you are pregnant. Happy sweating! ...Read more

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Does regular use of a sauna help in weight reduction?

Does regular use of a sauna help in weight reduction?

Short answer: Some people use a sauna to help lose weight. While the sauna can be a helpful tool for weight loss, there are things it does and does not do. If you’re interested in using a sauna for weight loss, here’s the truth about it.

Sitting in the sauna for 30 minutes will make you lose weight. Surprised? While it’s true that you’ll lose weight, that weight loss comes from water. ...Read more

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Could it be bad for me to workout and go in the sauna when I'm slightly sick?

Could it be bad for me to workout and go in the sauna when I'm slightly sick?

Depends: If you have significant fatigue, fever/chills, a chest cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea or vomiting, then you should rest from exercise and avoid the sauna. If you do not have any of these symptoms, and your symptoms are quite mild, then a light workout is probably permissible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if I got my sauna 14 hours ago and a full body massage 10 hours ago. Is it okay?

Can you tell me what to do if I got my sauna 14 hours ago and a full body massage 10 hours ago. Is it okay?

Probably okay: As I see no specific condition or health concern, going to a sauna and getting a massage on the same day is fine. I would just be sure to hydrate well.

If there is any other condition or concern, please clarify. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of a slim sauna belt?

What are the disadvantages of a slim sauna belt?

Slim sauna belt: Not sure what you mean by a slim sauna belt. If you mean one that goes around your hips and shakes you to get rid of fat the problem is it does not work. ...Read more

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Is it okay to wear a sauna suit if I'm breastfeeding?

Is it okay to wear a sauna suit if I'm breastfeeding?

Why?: Sauna suits are not recommended for any specific medical therapy. They causes intense sweating. They can lead to dehydration. They do not help a person lose weight they simply cause sweating. They are not recommended for anyone for medical treatments whether breastfeeding or not. ...Read more

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Sauna ok for a 7 month old?

Sauna ok for a 7 month old?

No; is very unsafe: I would absolutely recommend against any infant or child being in a sauna or steam bath. Infants cannot cool their body as you can, and can quickly become overheated and dehydrated. This could have serious and even permanent consequences. And most certainly an infant would find it extremely uncomfortable even for a short time--not at all the relaxing experience you might seek in a sauna. ...Read more