Removal of Pseudomonas Folliculitis In A Residential Hot Tub

The destruction of pseudomonas in hot tub is challenging, even for the most seasoned hot tub owner.  Like all chemistry challenges, the best solution is prevention.  Always ensure you are testing and balancing your hot tub as recommended by a hot tub water care processional.  Keeping a chlorine or bromine level CONSISTENTLY between 3-5 ppm is always advised and don’t forget to oxidize (shock) weekly and your hot tub will always be ready for fun and relaxation whenever you are.

Steps for Removal of Pseudomonas Folliculitis In A Residential Hot Tub

Removal of this bacteria is an aggressive treatment and should be done at your own risk and with the close supervision of Aqua-Tech’s Solution Centre staff. This prescription may cause deterioration of older spa surfaces and bleaching.

1.  Remove and dispose of your hot tub filter—it cannot be reused. Do the same with any bathing suits or toys that have been in the contaminated hot tub.

2.  Spray bleach onto the inside of your hot tub cover—let it sit for at least 8 hours. Rinse with clear water.

3.  Sanitize the area around your spa where the bacteria may be waiting to recontaminate the spa.

 

Water Treatment for Removal of Pseudomonas Folliculitis In A Residential Hot Tub

  1. Fill your spa to the highest level possible (almost to overflowing. Bacteria can get into plumbing above the water line and we must reach them with the   treatment). Ensure you have all divertors and valves set to allow circulation through all the hot tub plumbing
  2. Add 500 mls of Swirl Away to the spa water. Circulate the spa for at least 8 hrs.
  3. Add 800 grams of Chlorinated Concentrate. Circulate the spa for at least 12 hrs.
  4. Drain the spa
  5. Refill.
  6. Heat to desired temperature
  7. Bring a 1 litre spa water sample to Aqua-Tech for water balancing analysis. Let us know you have just completed the removal process for pseudomonas folliculitis.

 

*****DO NOT USE THE SPA UNTIL ADVISED TO DO SO AFTER THE  ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS!*****

 

Comments

  1. robert brazeau

    Reply

    is there a water sample test that can determine if my spa is contaminated with folliculitis?

    • Kathi B

      Reply

      Hi Robert: that is a great question. It is not something that we have a test for. We advise clients to consult their doctor to confirm the skin condition is treated correctly and then to treat the hot tub water – even if the spa is not the contamination source to be on the safe side

  2. Michelle O

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    Before step 1 of treating for pseudomonas, does this assume you have already drained and refilled the hot tub? Or do you just start with the gross water?

    • Kathi B

      Reply

      good question! we start the treatment with the existing water but you certainly could drain, refill and get started from there if you like

  3. Deb

    Reply

    If this bacteria was present in my hot tub would all bathers get the rash? I’m wondering whether it is just my sensitive skin

    • Kathi B

      Reply

      Whenever you think that any kind of skin condition may be connected to your hot tub water, the best thing is to go see your doctor. They can do a test for pseudomonas as well as help even if it is just sensitive skin.

  4. Brandi A

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    Hi. We purchased a Coleman Saluspa inflatable hot tub last year and have been very pleased with it. Just recently I noticed several red bumps on my hip and waist area and after doing a Google lens search, spa folliculitis was one thing that came up. My question is, if my levels(bromine, pH etc) were normal last time I was in, would folliculitis still exist in there?

    • Kathi B

      Reply

      That is an excellent question. Yes, it is quite possible for pseudomonas folliculitis to remain in a spa if it has gotten into the water or equipment when a sanitizer level was low at some point historically. The first steps is to visit a doctor to confirm what the skin condition is and get treatment. If they deem that the infection is pseudomonas folliculitis then the spa will need a special treatment and removal process.

  5. Jenny

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    I have gotten a mild rash a couple times from a spa. The first time was about a year ago after using my friend’s spa. No one else got a rash, the doctor looked at it and said they thought it was hot tub folliculitis but never tested it (is there a test for it?). We since got our own swim spa and it’s been fine for first 6 month but now I have gotten a mild rash the last two times I used it. It’s not severe so haven’t been to the doctor for it, I shocked the spa with chlorine twice this week and over 2 days, the rash has pretty much disappeared. Is it unsafe to give the spa another try? I wasn’t even sure it was hot tub folliculitis bc I am the only person who has had any reaction. Could it be something else? Are some people just super sensitive to this? I really don’t want to drain the 1500 gallon swim spa if this isn’t the issue.

    • Tech_Admin

      Reply

      Thank you for asking! There are many reasons why this rash could be happening. It is best to go and visit your family doctor to see what kind of rash you are experiencing. The best way to care for a swim spa is with this system – it ensures that folks with allergies and very sensitive skin can use as little synthetic chemicals as possible and get amazing quality natural water 🙂
      https://shop.aqua-tech.ca/products/mineraluxe-swim-spa-maintenance-kit

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