Make good clothing choices in hot environments to help prevent
heat-related illnesses. Clothing made of synthetic fabrics should be
lightweight and draw sweat from the skin. The evaporation of sweat will
decrease the body's temperature.
The upper body sweats more than the lower half, so wearing clothing
that is loose-fitting and allows for more air circulation from the waist up is
a good way to transfer heat away from the body.
We lose 50% of our body heat from our scalp and our face. Hats used
for sun protection should be designed to allow for good ventilation of the
body's heat from the head.
September 1, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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