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  1. Just finished the medical treatment (steroids, and betacream) to eliminate the reaction caused by an allergy to non chlorine shock which includes as the main ingredient potassium monopersulfate. The rash is still not 100% gone, but about 98%, as there is still some slight redness in the most affected areas. When I nailed down the pur spa non chlorine shock as the culprit, I drained the tub, and refilled, adding only bromine tablets in a floater, and chlorine granuals (dichlor). 2 nights ago, while the reminant rash was still more visible and I had finished the steroids, I shocked the water with dichlor then I went back into the hot tub for a 45 minute test run...The bromine/chlorine levels were high from the chlorine shock, but with the shock chemical (oxidizer) absent, no rash, and no itchyness. Case solved.
  2. There are two types of rashes that are commononly talked about. Hot tub Folliculitis is when bacteria have invaded and taken up residence in your hot tub, the infection gets into your hair follicles. You could also be having an allergic reaction to a non chlorine shock, which likely has potassium monopersulfate in it, amoung other chemicals... stick to Chlorine/Bromine to clean and shock your water. Bromine performs better in hot water, get a floater with bromine tablets, and then routinely shock (add extra granular chlorine (dichlor)) to kill bacteria. Spadepot.com has a lot of good information on Hot Tub Management, along with a step by step method of decontaminating your hot tub if it is the Pseudomanas bacteria that has taken up residence in your tub.
  3. Read the post on Hot Tub Rash... the culprit may be shock, or specifically potassium monopersulfate..... stick to chlorine, and chlorine shock. If you can swim in a pool and use a public hot tub without getting a rash you can find out what chemicals they use, and I am sure you will find it is chlorine or bromine. Back in the day pools used chlorine to treat bacteria .... that is it. The reason there are so many "new" ways to treat hot tubs, is because chlorine is readily available and cheap. Your skin is also your largest organ... dont mess with what works, and has worked for years. Also if you read my post on Hot Tub Rash and click the link you will find that the allergic reaction is specific to men.... ages 40ish to 80ish.... for some reaseon it does not affect women, which is why your wife never got the reaction.
  4. The facts are this. I have used my Hot Tub for a year and a half with no issues... I changed to spa pure shock from Home Depot and developed a severe skin reaction to the chemical. I have discovered several cases on the Internet of the skin allegery. The Medical article I attached to my previous link has also confirmed the allergy... specifically in men. The active chemical accused of the allergy is potassium monopersulfate... which is the main ingredient in the SPA PURE spa shock. I dont care about silver ions, or diamond nodes... or any other type of chemically induced reaction that hot tubs are capable of... I was a certified swimming/water safety instructor and I have spent innummerable hours in pools, lakes, hot tubs, etc... this is the first time I have EVER had a reaction. So my recommendation... stick to chlorine, or bromine, and use chlorine to shock.
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921763/ I got the rash from treating my Hot tub with potassium monopersulfate. .. also known as Shock... you can find some articles on the net... for some reason it is more common in men
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