Yes, it is the season we have all been waiting for…Summer is here! But how can you enjoy this time of year when the temperatures are at dangerous levels everywhere.
This summer, temperatures seems to rises and the dangers of heat stroke are increasing as well.
Let’s talk about the symptoms of heat stroke and what we can do to cool off and survive this summer’s heat.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
1. High body temperature- usually above 103°F
2. Hot, red, and dry skin (lack of sweating)
3. Rapid and shallow breathing
4. Rapid heart rate
6. Dizziness or lightheadedness
7. Nausea and vomiting
8. Confusion, agitation, or irritability
10. Loss of consciousness or coma
The crazy thing is that not everyone is bothered by the severe heat, but it is important that we are aware of these symptoms because we may encounter some one struggling in the weather and we need to recognize and assist overcoming Heat Stroke
When it comes to excessively high heat there are several things we can do to prevent or overcome heat stroke.
Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. Water is the best choice and I recommend adding some fresh lemon juice and/or electrolytes to replenish the minerals lost through sweat...and sweat you will!
Fashion should not be a concern in this extreme heat. I recommend lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing. Be sure your outfit allows air circulation and helps to reflect sunlight. My preference is loose fitting clothes that have SPF right in the fabric. This is important because it actually protects you gom the sun as well.
Stay out of the sun as much as you can. Shade and air conditioning will become your best friend in times of extreme heat!
The early morning hours are the best time to get those fun activities out of the way to prevent sun and heat stroke. Avoid strenuous physical activities during peak heat hours.
If you MUST get your outdoor ac When participating in physical activities in the heat, take regular breaks in shaded areas or cool environments. Resting helps your body to cool down and recover.
Don't forget your sunscreen and be sure it has a high SPF protection. A light colored wide brim hat is a must, remember your sunglasses and if needed grab your sunshade or umbrella!
Did you know that some medications can make you more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses? I recommend reading your medication labels and/or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Some medications may increase your risk of heat related issues.
Tip #1 - Check In On Others
Keep an eye on family members, friends, or neighbors who may be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Older adults, infants, and individuals with certain medical conditions. Be sure they have access to a cool environment and are staying hydrated.
Tip #2 - Never Leave Your Children, Elderly and Pets in Your Car!
REMEMBER!!! It only takes a few minutes for a car's interior to become dangerously hot. Even if you are just "running in for a minute" take your children and pets with you or leave them home where they can stay safe and cool!
Tip #3 - What To Do
1. Move into a cooler or shaded area.
2. Remove any extra clothing and try to cool down by fanning which will help with excessive sweating.
3. Apply cool water or ice packs to their armpits, neck, and groin area.
4. Encourage drinking cool fluids - not alcohol or caffeine.
5. Call for emergency medical assistance.
Tip #4 - Emergency Medical Assist
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone else is showing signs of heat stroke, seek immediate medical assistance and begin cooling measures as soon as possible.
Stay Safe, Stay Cool and Stay ALIVE!