Beat the (Extreme) Heat!

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Emily LeGrand

The team at CarePro Health Services cares deeply about you and your family’s health and wellness. We also want you to stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors. Summer heat can be dangerous. What health officials call “extreme heat” occurs when the temperature reaches excessively high levels or when the combination of heat and humidity causes the air to become oppressive. More males than females are generally affected by extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with children, older adults, outside workers and people with disabilities being highest risk.

Heat-related illness can occur in houses with little to no air conditioning, on construction sites and in cars, in particular. A very high body temperature can damage the brain and other vital organs. Advanced age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool during hot weather. To protect your health when temperatures are high:

  • Get plenty to drink. Perspiring removes needed salt and minerals from the body. When it’s hot drink more water and sports drinks. Avoid caffeine.
  • Stay cool indoors. If you don’t have an air conditioner, go to a shopping mall or public building for a few hours.
  • If you must be outside, seek shade when possible.
  • Wear light clothing and sunscreen. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat will also help keep your head cool.

Seek medical attention immediately if someone exhibits signs of heat-related illness, such as throbbing headache; dizziness; lack of sweating despite the heat; red, hot, dry skin; muscle weakness or cramps; nausea or vomiting; rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak; or rapid shallow breathing. If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink, or if you take water pills, ask them how much you should drink when the weather is hot.

CarePro hope you enjoy your summer while being safe in the heat. Please reach out to your local CarePro Health Services today for any additional questions you might have!

– Source: California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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