Wednesday, July 3, 2019

High temperatures are in the forecast for this week.  While blue skies and time spent in the backyard are highlights of warm-weather months, the temperatures that accompany summer can pose health risks.

People likely to be more affected by the heat include the very young; people 65 or older; people who are physically ill; those with heart disease or high blood pressure; and people with mental illness.

Signs of too much heat:

  • Flushed Skin or skin that is hot and dry
  • Fast heart beat and/or breathing
  • Feeling Lightheaded
  • Feeling dizzy or tired

“Heat stroke is much more serious, that’s when the core temperature of the body is 104 degrees and beyond, as you can imagine this is much more dangerous,” explained Ayla Braley, CRNP.  “This is where we see central nervous system disfunction. So, confusion, nausea, vomiting, even seizures can be seen with heat stroke.”

Prevention is the best course of action before spending time outdoors on a hot day.

Hydrate well before going outside to do any activity; the recommendation is eight to ten glasses of water. Wear lightweight and cool, loose clothing.

“Being cool does not necessarily mean you are wearing shorts and a tank top, because what that means is that your skin is more exposed. Then, if you are not even wearing skin protection, a sunscreen of 50 SPF or more, you are really exposing yourself to heat illness.”