Summer is here and the sun is out in full force. With the bright sunny rays comes the burning heat and with it, heat stroke. Heat stroke can be dangerous and can cause organ damage or even death. Though heat stroke can be treated by cooling the body’s temperature by immediately moving out of the heat, removing clothes, or dousing the body in cold water, it can also be prevented before it becomes a problem.
How to prevent heat stroke:
Watch what you wear. Save the thick clothing for winter and fall. Heat stroke is caused by the body overheating. During the hot summer months, keep the clothes lightweight and airy to allow airflow. If the body starts sweating, it needs to be able to cool down, too.
Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of fluids, especially water, will help the body be prepared to combat overheating. Hydration is especially important if you are planning on doing outdoor activities. Take into account your lifestyle and drink fluids accordingly.
Stay away from alcohol. Or at least monitor your consumption more in the hot weather. Since alcohol can affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature, it’s important not to drink too much. If you do plan on indulging in a refreshing summer cocktail, balance it out with plenty of water.
Protect against the sun. Always wear sunscreen while outdoors. Pay attention to how long your sunscreen will last and reapply as needed. Another way to protect yourself: wear a hat. But be careful when choosing your hat. Make sure it is breathable and won’t cause you to overheat. If you start feeling too warm beneath your hat, remove it and find some shade or a cool indoor area to relax in.
Did you know sunscreen expires? Check those expiration dates and make sure your sunscreen is still protecting your skin.
Created by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2017/06/5-ways-to-prevent-heat-stroke/