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Dangers of staying in a hot tub for too long

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    Hot tub horror stories

    Hot tub horror stories

    A nice soak in the hot tub or spa is a great way to relax, but a recent study found that hot tub-related injuries have increased by 160 percent in the last decade, and many of these involved children.
    A nice soak in the hot tub or spa is a great way to relax, but a recent study found that hot tub-related injuries have increased by 160 percent in the last decade, and many of these involved children. America Now shares one family's story of a close call and what you can do to prevent a tragedy.

Did you know you can overstay your welcome in a hot tub or heated pool? No matter how relaxed you may be, lingering too long can be hazardous to your health - even deadly.

Dr. Ron Reynolds says anyone - even those with a clean bill of health - should limit time in a hot tub to 15 minutes at the most.

Spending more than that recommended time in the hot water could overheat you, cause dehydration and send your blood pressure sky high. Reynolds says there's a laundry list of people who should steer clear of them all together, including the elderly and small children.

"People that have certain types of diseases - especially people with cardiovascular disease, are susceptible to stroke. [Also] people that have a history of high blood pressure," he added.

Reynolds says effects could worsen should you add alcohol or a large amount of caffeine to the mix.

"You want to make sure you're healthy and you limit your stay [in the water]," he said.

Pepper Geddings Aquatics Director Kathy Anderson says even over-exercising in a heated pool can prove dangerous to some people.

"If the water's too warm, their body temperature warms up a little too much - and then they have other heat exposure problems," she explained.

That's why both Anderson and Reynolds say listening to your body is key.

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