2017 is proving to be one of the hottest summers in a very long time. As summer is the season for outdoors activities, be sure you are aware of heat related illnesses caused by spending prolonged periods of time in the sun. These illnesses can include heat cramps, dehydration, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. Fortunately, all of these heat related illnesses can be avoided, so read on to see how you can keep enjoying your summer.
How to Avoid Heat Related Illness:
- Wearing tight, dark colored clothing. Try wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing that will allow your body to sweat, and acclimate to the temperature.
- Sunburn. Be sure to apply (and reapply) a sunscreen with high SPF. Additionally, take the precaution of wearing a hat, staying in a shaded area, or sitting under an umbrella whenever possible.
- Dehydration. Drink plenty of water, even more than you would typically. This will be essential in allowing your body to regulate its internal temperature to one that is healthy for you. Try to avoid fluids that contain caffeine and alcohol, as they may dehydrate you further.
- Not realizing some medications make you more susceptible. Be sure to check with your doctor if any medication you are on will make you more prone to heat related illnesses than the average person. You may need to take more precautions.
- Hot zones. There are some locations where heat rises infinitely faster than in others, for example; inside your car. Avoid staying inside your car with the A/C off, and never leave a child or pet inside the car without A/C.
If for any reason you find yourself or someone near you experiencing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, call 911 immediately and bring them to the closest Emergency Room.
However, if you are experiencing lesser signs of heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or dehydration come to AFC Urgent Care New Britain where you will be treated, no appointment needed. Find us at 135 East Main Street New Britain CT 06053 or call us at 860-357-6899.