Avoid Taking a Cold Shower in These 10 Situations

Shower head running.

Restrictions on water usage mean people can only shower for a short time. (Image: tookapic via Pixabay)

Taking a cold shower on a hot summer day can feel really refreshing; however, people may suddenly develop a serious medical emergency if the shower is taken under certain circumstances.

Do not take a cold shower when in the following 10 situations

1. When sweating heavily

Sweating dilates the arteries just under the skin, as pores enlarge and blood circulation accelerates. If you are sweating profusely and take a cold shower, the arteries will immediately shrink, the pores will close, and the secretion of sweat will immediately stop. The channels of heat dissipation are blocked, causing you to feel hot and making you susceptible to a cold. In serious cases, a heart attack might be triggered that could threaten your life. To avoid these consequences, rub your body with a small amount of cold water first and wait before taking a cold shower.

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2. After drinking wine

Alcohol inhibits liver function and hinders the release of glycogen (the liver’s sugar storage). When taking a cold shower, the release of glucose is further inhibited, which, in serious cases, can lead to dizziness, fatigue, and loss of consciousness due to low blood sugar.

Glasses of red and white wines by the ocean.
Alcohol inhibits liver function and hinders the release of glycogen (the liver’s sugar storage). (Image: via Wikimedia Commons)

3. When feeling hungry

The symptoms of low blood sugar may become pronounced if you take a cold shower on an empty stomach.

4. After working hard

After a period of hard labor, it is recommended that you rest before taking a cold shower. Cold water when fatigued can inhibit blood circulation, which may lead to unconsciousness.

5. With a high temperature (> 38°C or 100°F)

When your body’s temperature rises above 38℃ (100°F), the rate of calorie consumption is increased by 20 percent, and taking a cold shower with a high temperature can cause your body to feel fatigued.

6. When blood sugar is low

Using cold water when your blood sugar is low may lead to unconsciousness.

Man doing abdominal exercise.
Vigorous exercise can easily increase your body’s temperature and open up your body’s pores. (Image: via Pixabay)

7. When a woman is menstruating

Women who have their monthly period often have poor blood circulation. Thus, it’s not a good idea to take a cold shower when menstruating.

8. After a workout

Vigorous exercise can easily increase your body’s temperature and open up your body’s pores. Taking a cold shower right after exercising can be harmful to your body, as arteries suddenly shrink, pores close, and the secretion of sweat is halted.

9. With heart disease

Taking a cold shower will increase your heart rate over a short period of time, which might not be tolerated if you have heart disease, or if you have poor liver, kidney, or lung function.

10. During a thunderstorm

Most water pipes in the bathroom are metal and conduct electricity easily. Avoid taking a cold shower during a thunderstorm is the best way to avoid electrocution.

Translation by Mona Soong and Audrey Wang.

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