Bathing in hot water

@tinalb (72)
United States
January 20, 2010 11:43am CST
I am wondering how many of you like to bath or shower in hot water? I do baths mostly and I run my water as hot as I can get it. I realize that this is not good for you, but I continue to do it anyway. Any input on this?
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@apgh09 (514)
• United States
20 Jan 10
hi tinalb, me to the hotter the bath the better I love to get in and see the steam rising oh' it just feels so good. Why is hot bath not good for you???
@tinalb (72)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Well, I have heard that it tends to dry up your skin and speeds up the aging process. But I am like you. I love to see the steam rising and it just feels sooo good! Especially in the winter time after a long cold day! ; )
@apgh09 (514)
• United States
20 Jan 10
really wow i have never heard of that before. Well I guess I am going to be one dry old person real fast because I am not getting any younger. ha ha ha
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
24 Jan 10
Water and soap dry the skin so the solution to that is to use lotion. I've never heard anything about hot baths increasing the rate at which one ages.
@JoyfulOne (6240)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I always take hot baths. My one Dr and staff advises me not to do this because of my 2 different circulation problems, but I do it anyways. I cannot stand a tepid, or even slightly warm bath, it has to be hot. Not enough to burn myself, but still hot as I can stand it. In the winter if I don't have my hot bath before bed, I will lay there and shiver no matter how many blankets I have on. I know they all say it dries the skin out, but I find that if I put lotion on right after I towel dry, that I don't have dry skin at all.
@JoyfulOne (6240)
• United States
20 Jan 10
No prob. hornswaggled, never hurts to ask :-) Actually, one of the circulatory disorders I have is Reynauds. Almost all of the women on my Mom's side of the family has that condition, but the Rheum says I have an extreme response more than most people. (Almost lost my toes last year because of it) With Reynauds, when I get cold all my blood vessels shrink, and if I get too cold I lose feeling, pain response, etc. While the warmth does help with the other circulation problem I have, with the Reynauds, they are worried that I will not feel how hot the water is getting and that I will get burned easier without realizing it. Lets put it this way, a couple weeks ago I checked the warmth of the water with my foot before getting in. I thought it felt chilly, so I added more hot and sat down...totally & literally burning my butt and making me jump right back out lol, but my feet could not register the true temperature. (So I'm back to checking the water with my wrist, like I would a baby bottle) I have since turned down the temp on the water heater itself so that can't happen again!
@JoyfulOne (6240)
• United States
21 Jan 10
Yes, Raynauds is an autoimmune disorder. One of my Drs is a regular MD, plus has done studies in herbal therapies as well as homeopathy. With the multiple diagnosis's I have, not all alternative therapies go along with each other. I had cancer quite a few years ago, and the chemo and radiation, etc, brought other problems to cope with that are permanent. My rheum. Dr has me on different things that make the Raynauds much better to live with. I do use alternative and herbal therapies whenever I can. Most have worked extremely well, then there's times where the conventional meds work a lot better. I go with whichever works better for my situations. Since you are not familiar with Raynauds, I'm giving you a link in case you run across it in one of your patients. (I notice in my original post I spelled it wrong...oops!) http://www.raynauds.org/index.php
@Porcospino (30484)
• Denmark
24 Jan 10
I love a hot bath especially during the winter months. Sometimes when there is a lot of snow I am very cold and wet when I get home, and then it great to take a bath in hot water. At the place where I lived before the water never got really hot, and I found that very annoying. In my current home the situation is different, I am able to get really hot water, and that is great. I don't have a bathtub, but I use a huge laundry basket as a bathtub, and I am able to sit inside the basket
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I normally take showers and, when I do, I like them hot. I also like to take a hot bath once in a while but I'm usually too busy to give myself that amount of time. Hot water opens your pores and allows all the crud that gets trapped in there to be rinsed off, so hot water is actually good for your skin. You should follow up with lotion though since the water...and the soap...dries it.
@raj_ka (431)
• India
20 Jan 10
Hi, I too like this but if its in cold palaces its OK. In hot palaces your taste will definetely change as you like cold water there...I too like hot water bath in winter and if you are feeling tired its really a great way to reveal from stress. Even when you have pain in stomach, legs or some parts its going to give you some relief. But hot water bath is winter is definetely going to effect you skin as it will turn very dry. I am facing that problem now my skin turned very dry due to bathing in hot water. Though i apply moisturizers its not going to help.
• Philippines
20 Jan 10
hmmm me too i like taking a bath with semi-hot water :)
@kareng (31527)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I love to soak in a hot bath during the winter. It's a great way to warm up and also relax! A good soak every now and then is ok I think.
@AmandaMBF (284)
• Brazil
20 Jan 10
I love to take shower in hot water too. Doctors says that so hot water is bad for us but I love it!!!!