5 Health Concerns in the Heat
By Brandi Goodman
The heat that occurs in the summertime can -- at times -- be a cause for concern. Numerous health concerns arise on particularly hot days when the sun is shining brightly and its UV rays are strong. Make sure you're taking precautions so you don't get affected.
Your body loses a lot of water through sweat when it's especially hot outside. You can get dehydrated quickly if you aren't doing anything to replenish. On hot days especially -- and during any other -- you really need to be drinking enough water or eating fruits and vegetables that will keep you hydrated and feeling well.
Your body can become unable to regulate its temperature when you get too overheated. Your temperature rises so rapidly that you can't do anything to cool it down. You may even start to feel dizzy, disoriented, nauseous, and even lose consciousness. Stay shaded on particularly hot days and keep yourself covered with a hat. If you do start to experience signs of a heat stroke, make sure to hydrate, get to a cool and shaded place, apply cool water, and seek medical attention.
Heat exhaustion is a minor form of heat stroke. You won't completely lose consciousness and be out of it, but you may experience a headache, nausea, a rapid heart rate, and fatigue. Get to a cool and shaded place and drink some water to help yourself feel better. It's time to get out of the sun when you start to feel this way, before worse symptoms occur.
A minor sunburn that causes reddened, hot skin will be uncomfortable, but you'll be OK. Soak in the sun too long, though, and you could experience blistered skin and severe damage. You need to wear sunscreen anytime you're outdoors so you can help to protect your skin and keep it from getting badly burnt.
A rash can develop on your body when you stay in the heat too long. It's often caused by the excessive sweating you do when you're exercising or working in the heat. It might start as a cluster of pimples or blisters that grows as it worsens. Many people notice them on their neck, chest, elbow creases, and even in more sensitive places. You need to wash the area and dry it well, and stay out of the heat as much as possible until it clears.
Health concerns due to heat are a serious matter. A day spent in the sun may sound like a great idea, but it can turn dangerous and even deadly if you aren't careful. Keep some precautions in mind so you can enjoy the sunshine without worry.
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