When the Weather Is Too Hot to Handle
Heat and humidity can prove deadly when the body's normal process for evaporation of sweat is pushed beyond its capability to cool.
So mind your stay-cool basics, such as wearing light clothes and chilling out indoors or under a beach umbrella when the sun is highest in the sky.
Another two keys for coping when things get hot-hot-hot: Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and don't overdo the exercise.
If you feel faint or get muscle cramps, give your body the shady break it's begging for or you could suffer one of these more serious heat hazards:
- Heat Exhaustion. Symptoms include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; fainting; and vomiting. Sufferers should lie down in a cool place, loosen their clothing, apply cool and wet cloths, drink sips of water, and seek medical help if nausea or vomiting occur.
- Heat Stroke (Sun Stroke). Symptoms of this life-threatening medical emergency can include a high body temperature (106 degrees and higher); hot, dry skin; a rapid, strong pulse; and sometimes unconsciousness. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital right away. While awaiting medical help, DON'T give the victim anything to drink, but try a cool bath or sponging to reduce his body temperature.
For young children, the elderly, and those who are sick or overweight, it's especially important to keep cool and thirst-quenched because these folks tend to be hit hardest by the heat.
If you're on a fluid-restricted diet or have any medical condition, ask your doctor for the best stay-cool tips for protecting your health when temperatures soar.