Temperature Sensitive Faucets/Shower Heads

water temperature safety

We use water every day, whether it's for washing our hands while cooking in the kitchen or adjusting the knob to the just-right temperature before we step into the shower. For a quick wash of hands, most of the time, we probably don't care too much about the temperature of the water.

It's when we want that perfect temperature for a nice bath after a long day or a warm splash to our faces during morning routines, that the water temperature usually matters.

How Diseases Cause Impairment

According to The Neuropathy Association, peripheral neuropathy is common and affects approximately 20 million Americans. There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy and ranges from autoimmune diseases, infections, medications, cancer, vitamin deficiencies to diabetes.

Although some causes of peripheral neuropathy are unknown, 30% of the cases relate to diabetes. The intensity is different for everyone, but at the early stages, you may notice tingling, numbness (also known as paresthesias) or even pain in your legs and hands. As it progresses, it may lead to anesthesia, a lessened sensation.

Depending on where the peripheral neuropathy has effected the body, for some it may occur in their hands and cause them to have weaker grip strength. A poor grip strength can lead to the dropping of everyday items such as keys and bags as well as increase the potential for breaking fragile items such as cups, plates, and glassware.

Peripheral neuropathy can also affect the way a person feels temperature, especially during the early stage of paresthesias. Due to paresthesias, the sensory input is misleading and the way you feel the temperature of the water can be inaccurate.

For some, peripheral neuropathy may even cause cold sensitivity or cold intolerance, which leads them to crave for warmer temperatures in their environment. It becomes especially risky during prolonged activities that involve higher water temperatures such as doing dishes, bathing in the tub, or holding a cup of hot tea.

Keep the Body Safe with Temperature Sensitive Tools

While a person with peripheral neuropathy may not feel the increased temperature, an individual's skin would still react to the high temperatures and in worst case scenarios experience first-degree burns. Installing a temperature sensitive faucet, and/or shower head would be useful.

Due to the lack of accurate sensory input from the hands, a person would have to rely on their other senses. Having a temperature sensitive tool allows one to see the temperature without needing to use hands/feet to test the water. Each faucet is different but, in general, the standard is blue for cold water versus red for hot (above 44°C). Consumers can buy products at Amazon or local hardware stores.

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