What Are Hot Springs Exactly?

Just like teaching us that the earth is not flat it is round, modern studies have also taught us many things about the earth’s core. The earth’s core is very hot and is basically molten.

The anti-aging effects of mineral water from hot springs have earned them the name‘ fountain of youth.’

If we started digging a hole into earth’s surface the deeper we go, the more hotter it becomes this is due to the heat from the center of the earth. Electricity is also made using geothermal energy around the globe.

So how exactly are hot springs made? When it rains, the rainwater is absorbed by the ground. As the water goes deeper in the ground several minerals are mixed into it such as sulfur and radium the deeper it goes on the ground, the hotter it becomes from the geothermal energy. Sometimes the cracks in the earth’s surface create pressure and push this mineral-rich water back to the earth’s surface resulting in hot springs.

How hygienic are hot springs?

Hot springs which are commercial and charge an entry fee are mostly clean since the cleanliness of these commercial hot springs are a law and if they are not clean the owners are fined.

Whereas, wild hot springs which are not taken care of by humans are harmful. You might find signs which would briefly tell the dangers of chilling in such springs. Some of the dangers associated with these wild springs are:

Red spider mites:

These microscopic mites are well known to destroy a good bath. These mites are very difficult to see with your naked eye. The bite from these mites are very irritating and can last for up to two weeks. However, the bite has no fatal effect on your body it just causes itching on the bite area. An anti-itch cream can help in such case. Before taking a dip in the spring put your clothes far enough so that by no chance these mites can get into your clothes.

Amoebas:

In 2007 six casualties in American cities of Florida and Arizona pointed out the dangers involved in soaking in such contaminated springs. An amoeba is also known as Naegleria flowlen is naturally present in hot springs and lakes. It enters the human body through nasal passages and attacks the victim’s brain which is fatal. Other amoebae such as acanthamoeba have a similar threat, but they are very rare. But these amoebas only enter the body through nasal passages and cannot enter the body otherwise, so it is better to avoid diving in the spring.

Stationary water:

Flowing water is the best for taking a dip because motionless water is more likely to be contaminated by harmful microscopic organisms so avoid soaking in still water as it can be fatal for your health.

So before directly jumping into hot springs, you should learn the dangers involved with it. The internet is full of articles which tell you about different problems involved in bathing in hot springs. You should always read warning signs near hot springs.