Tell-Tale Signs of Heat-Related Illness
With summer quickly approaching and temperatures on the rise, it's important to keep cool to avoid potential heat-related illnesses. Spending more time outdoors and in the sun, the risk of suffering from heat-related illness is a high possibility. So this week, Traveling Breeze will be educating you on the tell-tale signs of heat-related illnesses to look for and how to prevent these onsets.
First let's take a look at the different heat-induced illnesses that a person might suffer: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Heat cramps are muscle spasms that result from loss of large amount of salt and water through exercise. Heat cramps are associated with cramping in the abdomen, arms and calves. This can be caused by inadequate consumption of fluids or electrolytes.
Heat exhaustion is a condition caused as a result of your body overheating. Heat exhaustion is one part of the spectrum of heat-related illnesses that begin with heat cramps, progresses to heat exhaustion, and finally to heat stroke.
Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. Heat stroke occurs when the core body temperature becomes greater than 104 degrees, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. It can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs.
Heat cramp symptoms can include:
- Severe, sometimes disabling, cramps that typically begin suddenly in the hands, calves, or feet
- Hard, tense muscles
Heat exhaustion symptoms can include:
- Excessive thirst
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Confusion or anxiety
- Drenching sweats, often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
- Slowed or weakened heartbeat
Heat stroke symptoms can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Hot, flushed, dry skin
- Rapid heart rate
- Decreased sweating
- Shortness of breath
- Decreased urination
- Blood in urine or stool
- Increased body temperature (104 degrees to 106 degrees F)
- Confusion, delirium, or loss of consciousness
What you can do to prevent heat-related illnesses
- Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
- Take frequent breaks in the shade, by a fan, or in air-conditioning.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing in hot weather, so your skin can cool through evaporation.
- Avoid strenuous activity in hot, humid weather or during the hottest part of the day.
As you can see, the symptoms are fairly easy to recognize, and prevention is super easy. Make sure if you're spending any length of time outdoors this summer to take time to cool off and stay hydrated. Keep an eye out on friends and family and watch for beginning signs to avoid any life threatening incidents. And of course, for any outdoor events that you attend be sure to bring your Breezy Buddy Fan-Cooling Pillow or Breezy Buddy Fan-Cooling Camp Chair to keep you cool and prevent you from getting overheated!
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- david kasprzyk