6 Health Risks Associated With
Infrared heaters have increasingly been adopted in saunas, where panels or ceramic tubes produce
Infrared heaters heat up the body by radiating electromagnetic waves, which cause molecules to vibrate and release energy that heats up any object hit by these waves.
Below are some of the health risks associated with
It is probably the most common health problem associated with
2. Eye Damage
Eyes are vulnerable to damage by
It?s a known fact that IR rays can travel through the skin layer and can penetrate deep into the body. The penetration of the IR waves usually causes vibration at the molecular level which in result generates heat. Because of this heat, the temperature of the liquid inside our eyes increases and it can result in temporary or permanent eyesight damage.
Infrared radiation is not visible to the eye, which makes it impossible for the eyes to take protective measures such as closing or blinking when met with high-intensity
3. Water Loss
The occurrence of water loss upon exposure to
This condition presents a danger to those whose bodies have a low water content. Whenever you are exposed to these rays, say in a sauna, it is always important to make sure that you replace the lost water by sipping on some cold water to give the body a cooling experience and at the same time restore the lost amount of water when the body is heating up.
4. Blood Pressure
It gets worse for those with preexisting conditions of the blood, such as the elderly who often have issues with high blood pressure. It may also be worse to those with problems of the circulatory system such as weak blood vessels. Sauna lovers with such health conditions should ensure that they seek expert advice from their doctors to avoid any further damage to the body and its functional systems.
5. Skin Problems
Again, this may take prolonged durations for it to happen, but it is never an impossibility. However, repeated exposure to
Scientific works have shown that prolonged IR exposure is likely to induce inflammatory cellular infiltration and cutaneous angiogenesis.
Further, it is proven that prolonged exposure also disrupts the dermal extracellular matrix through the induction of matrix metalloproteinases. This changes the dermal structural proteins and may thereby contribute largely to premature skin aging.
6. Overheating Of The Body
Overheating of the body broadly describes the situation where the body undergoes an extremely long duration while being exposed to a heat source; in this case, the
Again, these would take extremely long durations of exposure to
IR rays are the most natural source of heat. Every day it radiates from the sun is absorbed by plants, humans, animals and every living being. Infrared radiation is useful as it causes the heating of the body, and is primarily used in saunas where people indulge in sessions to relax. However, these radiations can be harmful to the body, especially with long durations of exposure. Some of the health issues associated with prolonged exposure to IR include eye damage due to irritation, water loss, skin problems, and burns.