Summertime means hot weather, and the weather is part of the fun of the season. With it come all those wonderful summertime activities, from barbecues and picnics to beach outings and pool parties. Yet, when it comes to good health, a little heat goes a long way, especially if you’re a northerner transplanted into the unaccustomed heat of the south. If that describes you or someone else you know and love, you might be looking for a bit of relief right about now.
Heat exhaustion is dangerous and can lead to Heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. It helps to be equipped with knowledge of preventative measures. Here are a few tips that will help you and your loved ones stay safe in the Georgia heat.
Do Strenuous Activities in the Morning
Jogging, planting, weeding—all those tasks that you claim you’re going to do outdoors when the weather gets warm lose a bit of their allure when the time actually arrives to do them. It’s just too hot or, at least, that’s the excuse so often given. To avoid the intensity of the sun as well as the heat exhaustion that can accompany outdoor work, it’s best to get everything done before 10 o’clock in the morning.
On a hot summer day, a cold drink is very much like an oasis in the desert. Beyond the deliciousness of an icy beverage is the health benefit of remaining hydrated. This is why water is your best choice, replenishing fluids lost to perspiration and restoring your body’s cooling system. An appealing advantage is that water is calorie-free. On the other hand, there’s something to be said for forgetting the calories and indulging in those summertime favorites, iced tea and lemonade. Get out your best recipe and heat will soon be a distant memory.
You already know that less is more when it comes to summer attire. Wearing lightweight clothing instead of heavy winter garments is a given. Plus, natural fibers such as cotton, linen and silk, especially in loose-fitting clothes, keep you more comfortable as they allow your skin to breathe, enabling perspiration to evaporate more easily. However, did you know that long sleeves can be cooler than sleeveless shirts?
It may sound usual, but long, loose sleeves actually circulate air over your skin while blocking some of the sun’s rays, preventing you from experiencing sunburn as quickly as you would with sleeveless tops.
Seeking Medical Attention
If prolonged exposure to the heat leads to muscle cramping, vomiting, fainting, or weakness, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Walk into AppleCare any time for urgent care. If exposure to heat results in a high body temperature, rapid pulse, or unconsciousness, call 911 right away.