Living in Arizona we have the benefit of exercising outdoors year round, however, when the heat index goes up that is when we need to take the greatest precautions against heat exposure and learn the signs of heat exhaustion.
How heat index determined is: the Heat Index, sometimes referred to as the apparent temperature and given in degrees Fahrenheit, is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature. We don’t have to worry too much with humidity but when temperatures rise to 105+ degrees your body can overheat very quickly.
What is heat exhaustion and it symptoms: heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat related illnesses and can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures with inadequate or unbalance replacements of fluids.
Symptoms: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting.
Treatments: cool, non-alcoholic beverages, such as water, rest, cool shower, bath, or sponge bath, an air-conditioned environment, Lightweight clothing.
What is heat stroke: Heat stroke is a form of hyperthermia, an abnormally elevated body temperature with accompanying physical and neurological symptoms. Unlike heat cramps and heat exhaustion, two other forms of hyperthermia that are less severe, heat stroke is a true medical emergency that can be fatal if not properly and promptly treated.
The people who are most likely to be affected by heat stroke are the elderly, (often associated with heart diseases, lung diseases, lung diseases or who are taking medications that make them vulnerableto dehydration or heat stroke, infants, athletes, and those who work outside and physically exert themselves outside.
Precautions that we can take:
Stay well hydrated. If you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. A rule of thumb is 8 8oz sized glasses of water a day. If you work or physically exert yourself outdoors then you should be drinking an additional 2.5 cups of water per day.
Stay away from soda and alcoholic drinks as they will dehydrate your body.
If you like to exercise outside then do it early in the morning or late afternoon to early evening when the Arizona heat isn’t so intense.
Remember to keep you and your family well hydrated during the hot Arizona summer and you will have a safe and happy summer.
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