Summer Heat and Heat Strokes

It’s been a nice Spring and Summer so far, but now it’s getting very HOT.  So, what is recommended to keep you safe from a heat stroke?

Here are some tips to prevent Heat Stroke according to Dr. Marilyn J. Heine, a Bucks County emergency physician from news-medical.net.

First, recognize the warning signs of Heat Exhaustion (a precursor to a Heat Stroke):

Pale Skin

Fatigue, weakness

Dizzy or Nauseous

Sweating Profusely

Rapid Pulse

Fast, shallow breathing

Muscle weakness or cramps

Symptoms of a Heat Stroke:

Skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty

Confusion or loss of consciousness

Throbbing headache

Frequent vomiting

Shortness of breath or trouble breathing

If you show any signs of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke go immediately into a building with air conditioning and call 911.

If you’re outside in 90 + degree weather and there’s a lot of humidity here are suggestions to Prevent Heat Stroke:

Don’t overexert yourself.

Drink a quart of fluids an hour.

Wear loose clothing light in color and fabric, as well as a hat and sunblock, and stay in the shade or indoors if possible.

Open windows and use fans, or turn on air conditioning.  If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public place that does, like a mall, library, or movie theater.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can speed up dehydration.

Finally, be a good neighbor – check on the elderly and chronically ill persons regularly to make sure they’re bearing up under the heat.

Here’s to your Health and Stay Cool!

Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR

479-571-2656

 

 

 

 

 

 

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