Exposure to high heat also increases the likelihood of heat-related health problems. According to the CDC, an average of 702 heat-related deaths occur in the United States each year. Since this week’s heat wave arrives just before the official start of summer, here are some ideas to stay safe and cool as temperatures soar.
Staying cool is key to staying healthy during a heatwave. Staying indoors can keep you cool and prevent heat-related illnesses, says Cedric Dark, of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
“If you can, stay out of the heat, especially during the hottest parts of the day, which is usually 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” he said, stressing the importance of preventing illness. during heat waves.
Scheduling outdoor activities and errands in the morning or evening when temperatures are less extreme can help you avoid getting sick from the heat. If you’re going outside, it can also help if you wear light clothing so you don’t overheat.
In dangerously hot weather, it’s essential to recognize the signs of canker sores. Signs include weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, profuse sweating, and fainting. Dark describes heat-related illness as a “spectrum,” ranging from a mild heat rash to fatal heat stroke. In the case of heatstroke, “the best thing to do is stop what you’re doing, rest, stay in the shade or stay indoors,” he advises.
Staying hydrated is also important for staying healthy in hot weather. According to the CDC, it’s beneficial to drink water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re exercising or working outside during a heat wave, drinking a sports drink can also help replace salt and electrolytes lost through sweating. Avoiding beverages that contain caffeine, sugar, or alcohol – all of which can contribute to dehydration in hot weather – is also paramount.