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Debunking Common Heat Stroke Myths

As much as I love hot weather, I also know the dangers that too much sun can bring. I am a huge fan of stepping outside and feeling the warmth of the sun's rays on my skin, but I know that it is extremely important to protect myself from any harm that could possibly happen as a result of being exposed to high temperatures for too long.
I know that I have experienced dizziness, lightheadedness, and shakiness as a result of being exposed to the sun's heat for too long, but could I have classified that as true heatstroke? You also may be wondering if you have ever experienced this serious and even potentially very dangerous health issue as a result of not taking proper care of yourself while being exposed to the sun's heat.
I wanted to be a little more prepared for the next time I ventured out for a long day in the sun, so I decided to do some reading on this topic. That is how I came across an article by Everyday Health that addresses not only the dangers of heatstroke, but also more importantly chooses to focus on the many myths and rumors that surround this health issue. I am happy to share what I learned here with you, so that we can all be a little bit more prepared the next time we venture out for some fun in the sun.
According to the post, one of the most common myths surrounding the issue of heat stroke is the idea that all of its signs and symptoms are very obvious and easy to spot for all people. The truth of the matter is that, as with many acute illnesses and health issues, the signs of something being wrong may not always be totally clear and transparent - at least, not right away. As it turns out, heat stroke can begin to take affect long before you even notice any symptoms, which is why it is so important to make sure that you stay hydrated and get plenty of shade while spending time outside. If you do start to feel dizzy or nauseas, get yourself away from the heat and drink some water if you can.
It is also important to not fall for another common myth about this topic - that sunscreen can somehow prevent heat stroke from occuring. Sunscreen can prevent sun rays from damaging your skin cells, but that's it.

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