It’s summer time again. That means the temperature will again be unbearable. With a temperature as high as 40 °C, it’s important that we become more aware of heat-related health issues and how to prevent them.
Here are the common heat-related health issues:
heat exhaustion – nausea; vomiting; fatigue; weakness; muscle cramps; aches and dizziness.
heat stroke– fainting; throbbing headache; red, hot and dry skin; nausea; vomiting; rapid heartbeat and breathing; confusion or disorientation; lack of sweat despite heat; seizures; and loss of consciousness or coma.
Scoopempire.com gave the following tips on how to prevent heat stroke:
- On days with very high temperatures, try to stay indoors in an air-conditioned area.
- If you have to go out, wear very light clothing and a hat.
- Stay hydrated, especially if you decide to exercise. Drink electrolyte-rich drinks, like Gatorade.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
- Monitor the color of your urine as an indicator of dehydration. The darker the color, the more fluids your body needs.
- If you don’t have an air conditioning, draw your curtains during the hottest part of the day. At night, you can create cross ventilation by opening two opposing windows.
What to do in case of a heat stroke?