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Everything You Need to Know About Hot Tub Rash


Relaxing in your hot tub can quickly become a crucial part of your daily routine. The get the most out of your hot tub experience, it’s very important that you clean it regularly and ensure the water is safe to use. Untreated or dirty water can lead to skin irritations or bacterial infections, such as folliculitis, known as hot tub rash.


Commonly known as hot tub rash, folliculitis is a rather annoying issue that might affect some hot tub users from time to time. Essentially, this condition is easily noticeable due to marks and red spots on the body, which somewhat resemble chickenpox. It’s an inflammation of the hair follicles, caused by bacteria, fungi or yeast, which can form in a hot tub that has not been maintained properly.


Children, who usually spend more time in the water or rubbing their skin against surfaces such as water slides or pool toys, are more prone to experiencing hot tub rash. This condition might cause them to feel uncomfortable and have itchy skin, making them want to scratch.

If left alone, the infection will heal much quicker, but as you know, it’s not always easy for a child to avoid scratching their skin. This could result in a longer healing period or a worsening of the infection.

In more extreme cases, if the red dots, which somewhat resemble pimples, should break, they might release puss and blood. When combined with open wounds, folliculitis could pave the way to potentially worse health issues.

In most cases, folliculitis will simply go away on its own with no treatment required. You are just going to have to deal with itchy skin and refrain from scratching for a little while! If you notice any sort of skin irritation or condition forming after exiting your hot tub, you should consult the guidance of a physician. In some cases, antibiotics may be required to help the healing process.


To prevent hot tub rash, it’s important to keep your hot tub and/or swim spa clean. Don’t shy away from regular spa maintenance routines and always make sure to check the chemistry of your water.

An unbalanced pH or hardness could lead to conditions that promote bacterial growth! It’s also important to keep your filters clean, water chlorinated and system properly treated with spa chemicals, to prevent the formation of moulds, yeasts, fungi, or other impurities.

If you’re unsure of the best cleaning routine and methods for your hot tub or swim spa, don’t hesitate to ask for help from the experts at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Ontario. Each of our locations throughout Southern Ontario has a team of hot tub and all season pool specialists who are prepared to help resolve any questions or concerns you might have. We even offer quick and efficient hot tub service and maintenance solutions! So, if you notice that something isn’t performing quite right with your spa, give us a call!

But for now, take a look at some of the resources in our online spa school guides!

Looking for assistance, help, or suggestions to maintain your hot tub in the best possible way? Get in touch with our team at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Ontario, we would be happy to assist you and help you make the most out of your hot tub!


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