Heat Exhaustion Risk Rises With the Temperature

The summertime run of near-daily 90-degree heat has arrived -- and with comes greater risks of dehydration and heat illness.

Work and play the smart way to protect yourself and your kids, says U.S. HealthWorks.

Whether you are working outdoors or participating in a vigorous activity like running, biking, tennis, or simply out for a modest walk or some yard work, a major consideration is avoiding heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Who's most at risk for heat exhaustion? The elderly and outdoor workers. Certain medications, including those for blood pressure, ADHD and anxiety, can increase an elderly person’s adaptation to the heat. Outdoor workers in construction, agriculture, landscaping, transportation -- need to use caution.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion: Dizziness, headache, fainting, nausea, weakness, lack of sweating or profuse sweating.

Tips to stay hydrated: Carry a water bottle, especially when working outdoors or exercising. Plan strenuous activity early in the morning or in the evening when it's cooler. Wear light-colored, absorbent, loose-fitting clothes. For physical activity exceeding an hour, a sports drink with electrolytes and carbohydrates may be necessary. To lessen the sugar content from a sports drink, try diluting the liquid with water.

How to prevent heat exhaustion? Frequent water breaks, adequate shade and resting when needed.


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