"Hot Tub Rash" - Pseudomonas Dermatitis / Folliculitis
Also known as Folliculitis or Dermatitis, Hot Tub Rash is a skin infection that can be very itchy and develop into an red, tender, bumpy rash. Patients may also experience blisters filled with pus that form around hair follicles. When a bathing suit holds water that has been contaminated for a long period of time against the skin, Hot Tub Rash will worsen in the area under the bathing suit.
Hot Tub Rash is usually caused by the Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a microscopic germ that is often found in the water and soil around us. While most rashes resolve in just a couple of days or so without any special treatment, persistent rashes require medical attention since complications may arise.
Hot Tub Rash spreads when your skin makes contact with water that has been contaminated by germs. The rash develops within a couple of days of swimming in poorly maintained hot tubs, lakes, or pools. Warmer water that breaks down chlorine much faster is riskier than colder water. Take caution when visiting spas, pools, or hot tubs. Make sure that such places you visit test the water regularly and maintain proper chlorine or bromine levels as well as pH control.