With summer arriving, you may be excited to head outdoors and enjoy some time under the sun. In order to make the most of your summer, however, you might need to brush up on some heat safety tips to keep heat illness from disrupting your seasonal fun. Keep reading for a few simple tips to remember as temperatures rise outside.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion can quickly elevate to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency requiring immediate care. Therefore, you should know the signs of heat exhaustion so that you can respond with appropriate treatment to cool down. A few indicators of heat exhaustion include pale skin, headache, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating. You should treat these symptoms by moving to a cooler area, drinking water slowly, and loosening clothing to help keep the body cool. If symptoms persist or an individual with heat exhaustion loses consciousness, head to the ER.
Even in more moderate heat, dehydration can be a serious threat. To make sure that you drink enough water, drink water before you become thirsty. Choose plain water over soft drinks and caffeinated beverages, and eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than one large meal.
Adjust your exercise routine
It is a good idea to exercise indoors where possible during the summer. When you do get physical activity outdoors, reduce the intensity of your workout to reduce the chances of heat exhaustion. You’ll also want to apply sunscreen liberally and wear protective clothing to avoid sunburns.
When you need reliable emergency care to address heat illness, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is there for you 24/7. You can also trust us for healthcare resources available on our website or through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881.