How To Stay Cool When It’s Hot
This Summer? Protect Yourself From Heat-Related Illnesses.
out when it’s hot isn’t such a hot idea. Just ask Bret Nicks, M.D., associate professor
of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist
in high temperatures can limit your body’s ability to cool itself, especially
if you aren’t acclimated,” Nicks said. “That can result in serious health
risks, the most severe being heatstroke. Left untreated, heatstroke can cause
major – and often permanent – damage to your brain, vital organs and
Nicks shares the following tips to help you
avoid heat-related illnesses:
proactive: Check with your doctor to make sure that any medical conditions you may have or
medications that you’re taking will not increase your sensitivity to the heat.
the symptoms: They include, but are not limited to: heavy sweating or inability to sweat, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting,
confusion, fainting and seizures.
light-colored, loose-fitting clothes: Consider items made of wicking material,
which can help keep you cooler.
sun protection: Wear
sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat whenever possible. Avoid sunburn, which
decreases your skin’s natural cooling processes.
water early and often: Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Pre-hydrating and
continuously replacing fluids and electrolytes is essential.
peak sun times: If
at all possible, exercise in the morning or evening. It’s better to miss a
workout than to harm your body by pushing too hard during the middle of the
to your body: If you’re cramping, feeling disoriented or nauseous, or having difficulty
breathing, stop, get to a cool place, seek
help and call 911 as needed.
“Working out in the heat can be a very serious
matter,” Nicks said. “Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect