How To Keep Cool In The Summer

June 10th, 2011 | Nutrition and Health

Summer is here, and it is hot! It’s been above 90° F the last few days here in Rhode Island and it is a struggle to stay cool. Even if you’re not stuck under the Saharan desert sun, high temperatures and high humidity in your own backyard can quickly lead to heat exhaustion, heat rash and even heat stroke.

Although these can be serious problems, you can avoid them by learning about their causes and risk factors.

Heat rash: Sometimes referred to as prickly heat or miliaria, heat rash develops when your sweat ducts become blocked and perspiration gets trapped under the skin. This may cause a very itchy feeling along with blisters or red lumps.

Heat exhaustion: This is when your body has lost significant amounts of water due to excessive exposure to high temperatures. You may experience symptoms including headache, nausea, weakness, cramps, dizziness or lack of appetite.

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Heat stroke: This is the most dangerous of the three listed here. After heat exhaustion comes heat stroke. Once your body is dehydrated (has lost too much water) it cannot regulate your body temperature. Being exposed to high heat, high humidity and extreme sun exposure can cause heat stroke as your body temperature rises to well over 100° F. Physical exertion, such as yard work, under these conditions can bring on heat stroke very quickly, sometimes in as little as 15 minutes. Symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, dry skin, headache, confusion and loss of consciousness. If you suspect anyone is suffering from heat stroke, call 911 immediately and cool them off as quickly as possible.

How to prevent heat related problems

  • Drink plenty of water. On a normal day, you’d want to drink about 8 glasses a day. If it’s very hot or you’re doing work outside, you lose much more water so you should drink at least a few extra glasses depending on the level of activity you are doing.
  • Stay in the shade to avoid overexposure to the sun, which can quickly raise your body temperature.
  • Keep the air moving in your home with fans to keep the air cool and fresh.
  • Occasionally sit by an air conditioner to keep cool during the sun’s peak hours, from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you don’t have an air conditioner, make a visit to a shopping mall, grocery store, movie theater or library. These locations are generally kept at a very cool temperature.
  • Did I mention to drink water? Okay. Just checking.
  • Dress in loose clothing made of natural fibers to keep the sweat away from your skin, reduce irritation and allow your body to cool itself off.
  • Shower using cool water and use soaps without artificial dyes and fragrances that will ultimately dry out your skin.
  • If it’s really hot outside, don’t do physical labor. Your body simply isn’t designed to handle extreme physical activity under those types of conditions. Even construction workers will get the day off if it is too hot.
  • If it is a hot day and you notice yourself getting a headache or becoming a little dizzy, your body may be on the verge of dehydration. Drink plenty of water and seek a shady, cool place right away.

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