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When I take a shower should I use hot water? warm water? cold water?

Question Posted Monday March 22 2010, 11:14 pm

All of my life my mom had told me to take HOT showers to help get all of the dirt and germs off of me. I always try to take the hottest showers possible. Well, recently, I passed out (I sometimes do) in the shower and my boyfriend said it was because the water was way too hot to be in and that I should be taking warm-to-cool showers even. Who is right?

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katelynsousa answered Tuesday March 23 2010, 10:20 am:
Whatever is comfortable for you is really the right answer. Showers should not be uncomfortable to the touch. Medical evidence exists noting that hot showers can worsen some medical conditions, such as low blood pressure and multiple sclerosis. Also people with acne and eczema tend to have worsened conditions from taking very hot showers. Conversely if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, it may not be wise to take a very cold shower. Cold water constricts blood vessels which can cause blood pressure to rise quickly.
The key is to find what feels comfortable for you!

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Lola answered Tuesday March 23 2010, 2:33 am:
Well your mom has a point in the significance of using hot water while showering, but i'm sure she didn't mean to use really hot water to the extent that you wouldn't be able to breath and you'd pass out. You could make it hot at first and then start warming it gradually, and hey, it wouldn't hurt to take a cold shower every once in a while, they're usually really refreshing especially in a very hot summer day.
So you really have to be careful not to use too much hot water cause you could once suffocate and fall down and hit your head or something and die, and i'm not telling you that to scare you, its real and it happened to people i know. So you have to be careful.

Hope i helped, please be free to contact me if you need anything else. Best of luck :D

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CaraJ answered Tuesday March 23 2010, 12:41 am:
Your mom isn't exactly wrong but the temperature of a person's shower depends on how it feels to them. Never take a shower that's too hot. A warm shower that's maybe a little on the hot side is much better for you than one that is too hot. Oh, and I've heard it's good for your hair if you rinse it in cold water. Don't know if it's true though because the one time I tried it the water was uncomfortable on my scalp. Anyways, definitely turn down the heat.

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