Summer means being outside for activities and work. But it can also cause heat related illnesses such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. This can be an even bigger concern for people with existing health problems, so keep these signs and tips in mind for yourself or your loved one with disabilities that may affect their physical health.
Dehydration – includes thirst and headache. It is caused when your body loses more fluids than you are taking in. Drink lots of water to maintain proper fluid balance.
Heat Exhaustion – includes dizziness, headache, feeling tired/lousy and sick to your stomach. Heat exhaustion is caused by dehydration. The remedy is to drink water and go to a cool place.
Heat Stroke – includes disorientation and a body temperature above 103 that continues to rise. Heat stroke is serious and 911 needs to be called immediately. If not treated, it can lead to death.
Never take heat stroke lightly!By the time you have any of the above symptoms, most of the fluids in your body have already been used up. There are ways to prevent heat related illness:
1. Avoid exercising or being very active during the hottest part of the day.
2. Wear light colored clothing, which absorbs less heat from the sun
3. Wear fabrics, such as cotton, that breathe and allow sweat to evaporate
4. Take a break! There’s nothing wrong with saying “I’ve had enough” and find a place that is cool.
Remember that if you are in the heat and start to feel woozy or ill, get out of the heat and go to a cooler area. And always, have a safe and fun summer!!!