The best way to “Beat the Heat” is to be prepared. Heat – related illness occurs when the body cannot control its temperature. Prolonged exposure to heat can cause sweating, headache, high fever, confusion, red hot dry skin (with no signs of sweating) and in extreme cases unconsciousness and/or coma.
Tips for Prevention
- Wear appropriate clothing – Cool, loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and don’t forget a hat!
- Keep yourself hydrated with water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverage should be avoided as these will cause the body to lose fluid
- Take frequent breaks in a shaded area
- Don’t overdo! Monitor your physical condition and go at a slower pace than normal.
If you experience any heat related – illness, get medical assistance as soon as possible. Heat stroke may lead to permanent disability or death. For more information on heat stroke or any other condition, please contact the expert physicians of Dominion Internal Medicine at 540-878-5408 or visit www.dominioninternalmedicine.com. Now accepting new patients! Most insurances accepted.
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