Apr 18, 2007

Beat The Heat


It’s summertime! And the heat seems to be getting more excruciating each year. Punishing. A glimpse of hell.

Two things could happen with extreme heat --- heat exhaustion or heat stroke.


Heat exhaustion is characterized by heavy sweating, weakness, headache, weak pulse, dizziness, exhaustion, fainting, nausea or vomiting, and cold, clammy skin. Body temperature will seem normal. If left untreated, it could progress to heat stroke characterized by hot, red skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; loss of ability to sweat; throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. Body temperature can be so high (103 degrees F or higher, though a person may feel chilled) that brain damage or death may result in fewer than 10 minutes if medical attention is not immediate.

Read more here: http://www.wnbc.com/News/1541414/detail.html

Beat the heat with these precautions:

1) Hydrate. Drink plenty of water
2) Take frequent baths
3) Apply wet tissues on your forehead
3) Dress lightly and in pastels
4) AVOID MIDDAY HEAT (getting out of the house between the hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm should be an absolute no-no, especially for the elderly)
5) stay away from hot, heavy meals. Instead, eat light, eat fruits that have high
content of water

More tips are found here:
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/news/heat.6.25.html
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/080599/gear05.html

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