Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Hi Everyone! With the extreme temperatures and eggs and bacon cooking going on I felt that while many people know what they should be doing, many simply do not as it pertains to heat exhaustion and stroke.
Heat-related illnesses can be a common occurrence when exerting energy
in the outdoors or poorly ventilated indoors. Two primary contributors can
be alcohol consumption and not enough water. Three types of illness
include heat cramps, which are very painful and might be combined with
headache or nausea, heat exhaustion, which is more serious and includes
vomiting, chills, headache, dizziness, among other symptoms, and
heatstroke, which if the most dangerous and if not caught and treated
immediately, can be fatal or lead to permanent brain damage or coma. For
all three of these, particularly the last two, the best action is prevention.
If you notice that your heart starts beating too fast and you feel light-headed,
get out of the sun. Wear loose fitting clothing, preferably made from
lightweight cotton as well as light colors. Drink LOTS of water. Even if you
do not feel thirsty, drink anyway. Do not go with the old rule of taking salt
tablets. You should always stay clear of these unless you have first
consulted with your physician. Stay away from alcohol, soft drinks, caffeine,
or heavily sugared drinks to include fruit juice. Take frequent breaks and if
necessary, stop for the day. If you do believe you are in trouble, seek
medical attention immediately. It is far better to be safe than sorry!
Stay Cool, Safe and Hydrated!
Have an Awesome Day!