Watch out for Heat-Related Illnesses
The first day of summer, finds the North -east as hot as a brick oven. From the "baked Apple" to "Beantown that is just broiling" - temperatures are sizzling.
With no respite from the hot and humid weather, you need to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness.
Dr. Rob Danoff , from ARIA Health,Philadelphia explains, "You might begin to sweat very heavily, or your skin could get cold and clammy. That means your body is starting to sweat and you're on overload. Many people have fatigue and unexplained weakness.”
The key on days like this- drink lots and lots of water!
"Avoid energy drinks, avoid sugary drinks, because they can dehydrate you. Avoid alcohol too. Water is the best fluid to drink,” explains Dr. Danoff
The summer is especially rough on those workers, who must keep doing their outside jobs in the 90-100 degree heat.
Dr. Danoff has simple tips.
Water breaks- every half hour.
Ice or cool mist break- every hour
Cool down your neck, legs, thighs and wrists.
Try to keep cool.
So far, people seem to be coping alright., but it is just the first day of such extreme weather.
Giavoni Gethers in Philadelphia seems to be doing just fine. She says, "It's okay..It's hot. It is hot. But it's not as bad as it could be. I'm more anxious about tomorrow, it's going to be a 100 degrees tomorrow. I don't know how I'm going to feel about that.”
One jogger doesn't let the heat get to her. She explains, “ Today, I'm out because I want to work out, get healthy.
Some avid runners, bikers and walkers still hit the pavement.But Dr. Rob Danoff says that's not the wisest move.
He warns, "It's been cool. And all of a sudden you have one hot day and two warm days, and people think they can go out, and go back to their normal routine. I've met these athletes in the ER, and they are human and suffer”
Children usually have the right idea- they jump in fountains, or stand under mist sprays at street corners. Every town has a “Cool Center” too.
If that's not an option for you,just stay inside, with air conditioning. What if you don't have an air conditioner?
Dr. Danoff has a simple solution. "If you don't have an air conditioner, get a pail and fill it with ice. Put on your fan so that it blows over the ice. It will keep you cool. Shower many times a day. Also, dress light, dress bright, dress loose."
With the mercury set to rise, these simple tips are all you need to beat the heat.
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