Surviving the Heat with A Chronic Illness
- Published on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 08:04
A heat stroke occurs when the body temperature rises causing the natural cooling system in our body to kick in. If this process cant get rid of the heat fast enough it will fail causing the vital body organs to heat up and eventually stop working, resulting in even more debilitating conditions or death.
What can be done to prevent overheating:
• Drink water and sports drinks. Don't drink alcohol.
• Keep a wet cloth to wet your face. This simulates sweat and cools the body.
• Keep the back of your neck cool.
• Don't wait until your overheated to try to get cool.
• Limit the time outside especially in direct sunlight.
• Check on friends and neighbors and remind others to check on you.
• Check the local news and forecast daily for weather and safety updates.
• Don't cook with the stove or oven. Eat cool foods.
• Wear clothes that are loose, lightweight and light-colored and a wide brimmed hat.
• Take a cool shower.
• Go out early in the morning or late in the evening.
What are signs that you are getting overheated:
• Heavy Sweating
• Increased Heart Rate