Hot Weather Health Emergencies (heat exhaustion versus heat stroke)

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North Carolina has been experiencing its share of 90-100 degree humid days this summer. It is important to understand and recognize the danger of heat exhaustion and heat stroke which can be life-threatening. Here is a good article on Its A Disaster Blog that describes the difference between the two and the signs and symptoms. Get informed and keep yourself and your family safe and healthy this summer.

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2 responses to “Hot Weather Health Emergencies (heat exhaustion versus heat stroke)

  1. KEEP COOL & COMFY IN THE SUMMER HEAT
    By: Curt Hiller, BS,RRT, Registered Respiratory Therapist
    Heat stress (Hyperthermia) is a seasonal summer danger to all of us, especially children, the elderly and those with chronic illness. Your heart and lungs take on a physical burden in temperatures above 90 degrees and high humidity levels. Extended days with this weather pattern increases our risks of becoming ill and even death. This occurs when your body’s cooling system becomes overworked. When our body struggles to cool itself through the normal perspiration process, it may cause medical problems such as: heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat cramps, heart failure, stroke, respiratory distress, loss of appetite, physical and mental changes. Other symptoms may develop: hot/dry skin with no sweating or moisture, extreme sweating, clammy skin, dizziness, throbbing headaches, chest pains and rapid pulse. Hot weather increases risk of illness if you suffer from the following:

    Heart Disease Lung Disease Hypertension Poor Circulation
    History Of Stroke/Cva Overweight Alcohol Use Fever/Infection
    Diabetes Chronic Diarrhea Skin Diseases Certain Medications
    Moderate Or Severe Sunburn Etc…

    TIPS TO KEEPING COOL
    *Plan Ahead!* Plan outdoor activities in early AM or late PM* Stay in coolest part of home* Use fans or AC (change filters weekly)* Use energy comfort temp levels* Visit cool public areas: library, mall, theater, senior centers, etc.* Take cool showers/baths to reduce body temp slowly* Use cool cloths/towels on wrists, neck and forehead to cool off* Wear loose fitting, lightweight, light colored clothes to allow air to circulate and your skin to breathe* Use wide brimmed hats and sun umbrellas* Hydrate with plenty of water, fruit or vegetable juice (as allowed by your fluid and diet restrictions)* Avoid caffeine, carbonated and alcoholic drinks* Don’t wait till you’re thirsty to hydrate* Drink responsibly* Eat light, low fat foods, fruit, vegetable snacks* Avoid hot and spicy foods* Avoid indoor cooking during heat of day* Use a “buddy system” if you live alone* Share chores and meals together*
    Most important: SLOW DOWN, PACE YOURSELF, AND ENJOY THE LAZY, CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER!!!