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A What Tub?

July Blog A What TubTime in hot tubs and jacuzzis can be so relaxing and a wonderful way to treat yourself to a luxurious experience, but lurking in some of these tubs is anything but relaxing or a treat. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but trichomoniasis and cryptosporidium is a parasite commonly found in hot tubs and pools. Parasites often look for a host. For cryptosporidium it’s favorite is the GI tract and for trichomoniasis it’s favorite is a yoni. Screech of horror.

To enjoy your hot tub experience without the potential to take home an unwanted guest, make sure that the water has been properly treated with chlorine (which can be it’s own thing to deal with, but here it is the lesser of two evils, for lack of a better word). Also find out when last it was treated and if it’s at a facility that you regularly attend, make sure they are doing the upkeep for their tubs and pools. Lastly, you could consider getting your own. Living in New York, budgets, space and landlords may not allow for you to have a hot tub (clip from Coming To America possibly), so if this is you, consider getting your own personal jet spa, which can runs in the ballpark of 70 bucks.

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