Is infrared sauna safe for you?

The very first thing you need to do when making a decision to buy an infrared sauna is to check if you can use it safely. Far infrared radiation (FIR) is considered harmless for humans. Infrared heaters are even used to heat premature babies in hospitals incubators. But some people with certain illnesses and conditions shouldn’t use an infrared sauna or should use it with great caution.

The list of infrared sauna contraindications includes, but not limited to:

  • insensitivity to heat
  • hemophilia, prone to bleeding
  • cardiovascular conditions or problems (hyperthension/hypothension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation and others
  • conditions associated with impaired sweating, like multiple sclerosis, central nervous system tumors, Parkinson’s, and diabetes with neuropathy
  • if you take prescribed drug it can impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms or its effect can be changed when your body is exposed to far infrared radiation
  • pregnancy
  • menstruation
  • acute joint injuries
  • silicone and other implants

Update: for discussion about menstruation and implants see Contraindications for infrared sauna: implants and menstruation.

Children and old people should use an infrared sauna very carefully. General advice is to always consult your doctor before making a decision that you need an infrared sauna.

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  2. Ian Talbot Says:

    Hi,

    I’m just looking at various infraread saunas and am quite overwhelmed by the choices and the claims and counter-claims by various manufacturers. I would like to know: Are carbon fibre heaters superior to ceramic heaters (I’m looking at Saunatec/Finnleo and Sunlight)? My goal is primarily detoxification. I have tried SoftHeat, which seemed pretty good, but have been given the impression that ceramic infrared heaters will soon be obsolete.

  3. Paul Mernon Says:

    Ian,
    I’m not aware of any evidence that carbon is better for detoxification than ceramic. Its also too early to say that ceramic heaters will become obsolete. For detoxification, good sweat is said to be main prerequisite. So, if you sweat well and feel good throughout and after the session, then infrared sauna model is ok for you. But, ideally, you need to try both models to compare.

  4. Jessica Says:

    Why is menstruation a contraindication for infrared saunas? I find heat is the only thing that alleviates my rather severe cramps and cannot think of anything that sounds better than an infrared sauna at that time of the month.

    Please inform!!

  5. Paul Mernon Says:

    Jessica,
    Maybe this post will explain my opinion: Contraindications for infrared sauna: implants and menstruation.