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Hot shower hazards: Dangers of prolonged heat exposure

Hot shower hazards: Dangers of prolonged heat exposure Taking a hot shower for too long is not advisable (Photo:
Author: Daria Shekina

Very often after a long flight, you feel like taking a hot shower and standing under the water for as long as possible. But it's not worth doing this.

Why a hot shower is dangerous - read in the article below.

The material includes information from Healthline, The Post, Allure websites.

Why should you not take a long hot shower after a flight?

Taking a long hot shower after a flight might seem appealing, especially after potential exposure to anxious microbes at the airport, including harmful bacteria like staphylococcus and E. coli. However, while a hot shower with steam can destroy some microbes, it also strips away the essential protective layer of your skin.

The issue lies in the fact that scalding showers can trigger skin conditions such as eczema and acne because hot water removes natural oils and beneficial bacteria from your skin.

"Hot showers and soaps really remove and destroys the skin’s microbiome, which plays a role in protecting the skin and is also extremely important in the overall health of the body," explained dermatologist Julie Russak.

Instead of hot showers, health experts recommend cold showers with water temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to Healthline, cold showers can help increase endorphin levels, boost metabolism, strengthen the immune system, aid in healthy weight loss, improve circulation, reduce inflammation and swelling, alleviate symptoms of depression, and reduce pain.

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