What are the infrared sauna risks?

Infrared saunas work a bit differently from traditional heat or steam saunas. Infrared saunas use light waves that penetrate the cells and muscles without heating the air around the body as much. Are these light waves dangerous? What are the risks associated with using an infrared sauna?

Is it safe to use an infrared sauna?

While using an infrared sauna can have a lot of benefits for many conditions and for general health and well-being, it is not a magical cure-all and should not be relied on solely for treatment of any illness or condition. A doctor should always be consulted on any comprehensive treatment plan.

As with anything that is powerful enough to greatly benefit your health, caution should be exercised by anyone interested in investing time and energy in an infrared sauna. Risks include getting heat issues like hyperthermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Other dangers include using an infrared sauna with certain health conditions or illnesses such as heart disease, adrenal suppression, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and eczema.

While using an infrared sauna can be done quite safely, risks are increased by consuming alcohol or other substances during an extended session. Some medical procedures will require more caution, such as silicone implants. Silicone implants can also pose a risk for someone using an infrared sauna because of the way silicone absorbs the waves.

How to use an infrared sauna safely?

An infrared sauna has shown benefits for conditions like congestive heart failure and blood pressure issues, as well as diabetes and stress-related symptoms. Many chronic fatigue and pain related problems can also find some relief from time in a sauna.

An infrared sauna can be used very safely with a little planning and common sense. Following the same rules as are standard with exercise, drink plenty of water during and after a session. Consult your doctor before starting a routine if you have a medical condition or any concerns about your health. Pay attention to how your body feels while in the sauna and get out immediately if you feel ill, hot, dizzy, or otherwise not well. Keep a timer visible and get out somewhere between 10-40 minutes depending on your goals and tolerance.