Coping in the heat

July 6, 2012 4:41:48 AM PDT
Heat illness may be viewed as a continuum of illnesses relating to the body's inability to cope with heat.

Minor Illnesses caused include:
Heat Edema
Heat rash, ie. prickly heat
Heat cramps and tetany
Heat syncope
Heat Exhaustion

Heatstroke most severe form is when the temperature is less than 41.1 C (106 degrees )

There are 3 types of heat illnesses: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The most severe is heatstroke.

Heatstroke Facts

High body temperature of 106 degrees
Reddish binge to skin
rapid pulse
Nausea and/or vomiting
Weakness; dizziness

Drink plenty of fluids
Wear lighweight clothing
Protect yourself from the sun
Spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot and humid days
Take frequent drink breaks during outdoor activities
Schedule vigorous activities and sports for cooler times of the day.

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