Using a traditional sauna as a means of heat exposure should be done after consulting a doctor or health practitioner.
Here are some examples of cases where you should consult a doctor or avoid using a sauna altogether that day.
Low Blood Pressure
People with low blood pressure, general blood pressure issues or have a risk of heart attack should speak to their doctor.
Heart Attack Risk
If you have had a heart attack or are at an increased risk of having one check with your doctor prior to using a sauna.
Consumption of Alcohol increases the risk of dehydration, hypotension, arrhythmia and sudden death. If you've consumed alcohol you should wait until it's been completely broken down by your body prior to bathing in a sauna.
People with certain conditions, such as kidney disease, may be at a higher risk of dehydration, through sweating while in the sauna. It's important to seek advice from your doctor and follow any hydration guidelines.
Saunas should be avoided throughout a pregnancy. Speak to a doctor before using a sauna while pregnant.
Fever, sickness or infections
If you aren't 100% and could be ill and even infectious you should avoid using the sauna both as a means of getting over your illness as well as potentially infecting others if the sauna is communal.
These are several examples but as always consult health professionals as you build out any new routines into your everyday life.
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About the Author: Will Stewart is a Cofounder of Cedar Spring Recreation. He has an immense understanding and appreciation for the scientific health and wellness outcomes associated with heat and cold exposure and is a regular sauna and ice bath do-er!
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Disclaimer: Neither the material shared in this article, nor any links to external resources are to be considered medical advice. Always check with medical professionals prior to engaging in new activities that carry potential health risks.