Now that summer is here, more and more people are going to be spending time outdoors. The sun, the heat, and physical activities can prove too much for some.
As pleasant as the heat of the summer is, it can reach unbearable temperatures, and there are risks that come with rising temperatures, especially for those with underlying medical conditions. A common health issue during summer is heat stroke, and hospitals see a rise in exertional and non-exertional heat stroke cases at this time. Symptoms of heat stroke include dizziness, lethargy, rapid breathing, and trouble walking. In some cases, it can even cause the person to pass out, have a seizure, or go into a coma.
Fortunately, you don’t have to avoid going outdoors to prevent heat stroke in the summer. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to safely enjoy the summer months.
Wear Light and Breathable Clothing
White sleeveless shirts, shorts, or canvas pants allow your body to cool down and prevent it from overheating. They also prevent the feeling of being constricted when temperatures are high.
Apply Sunblock or Sunscreen With High SPF
By wearing sunblock, you reduce your chances of getting a sunburn. What does this have to do with heat stroke? Having a sunburn can affect your body’s ability to cool down.
Wear a Hat and Sunglasses
Protecting your head and your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun can also help with regulating body temperature. A wide-brimmed straw hat is better than a baseball cap, which may trap the heat in your head and contribute to dizziness.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Probably the most critical aspect of heat stroke prevention is drinking a lot of water. Drinking water helps regulate body temperature and helps you cool down. Should you find yourself feeling ill in high temperatures, seek shade and drink water immediately.
Seek Shade or Stay Indoors During the Hottest Times of the Day
The sun is at its peak from 12 noon to 4 pm, so you may want to work around this time period and avoid being outdoors during the hottest hours. If you wish to exercise outdoors, an early morning or late afternoon walk or run will be safer.
For Heat Stroke, Seek Urgent Medical Attention
Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that requires medical attention. There are complications that can develop from a body that’s overheated. If you or your loved one is showing symptoms of heat stroke, take them to the nearest hospital or urgent care center for observation and treatment.
Urgent Care Clinic in Bucks County, PA
Patient Care Now Urgent Care Clinic provides urgent medical treatment to pediatric and adult patients for all types of conditions and injuries, including heat stroke. No appointments are necessary. Just walk in any time.
We are located at 541 S. Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills. For faster processing, call (267) 202-6433 to let us know you are coming or check in online. Our emergency medicine physicians and staff look forward to serving you.