Protect Your Health in the Heat

Summer Heat and Your Health from South Tabor Family Physicians

Staying Safe & Healthy This Summer in Portland

The Pacific Northwest is known for its temperate climate, but even here in Portland, we experience our fair share of hot weather – and that is what we have right now! It’s HOT! South Tabor Family Physicians wants to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during these summer scorchers. While enjoying the sunshine is a must, a few simple precautions can make all the difference.

 

Staying Cool & Hydrated

Drink Up: It might seem obvious, but staying hydrated is key. Carry a reusable water bottle and sip on water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. You can add sliced fruit or herbs to your water for extra flavor.

Cool Treats: Enjoy frozen treats like popsicles or make your own refreshing smoothies with fruits and vegetables.

Dress Smart: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Light colors help reflect the sun’s rays. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.

Seek Shade: Take advantage of shady spots in parks or your backyard, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Consider creating your own shade with umbrellas or canopies.

Cool Down: If you don’t have air conditioning, take cool showers or baths, or visit public places with air conditioning, like libraries or community centers.

Check on Others: Look out for neighbors, friends, and family who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially seniors and young children.

 

Heat-Related Illnesses: Know the Signs

It’s important to be aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses:

Heat Exhaustion: Symptoms include heavy sweating, dizziness, weakness, headache, nausea, or vomiting. If you experience these, find a cool place, loosen your clothing, and sip on water or a sports drink. Learn more here.

Heat Stroke: This is a medical emergency. Symptoms include high body temperature, confusion, rapid pulse, and loss of consciousness. If you suspect someone is experiencing heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Learn more here.

 

Outdoor Activities

If you plan to be outdoors, take extra precautions:

Timing is Everything: Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, try to schedule your outdoor time for early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.

Sunscreen Up: Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.

Listen to Your Body: Don’t push yourself too hard. If you start feeling overheated or unwell, stop and rest in a cool place.

 

We’re Here For You

At South Tabor Family Physicians, we’re committed to your well-being. If you have any concerns about staying healthy during hot weather, or if you experience any signs of heat-related illness, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re always happy to provide guidance and support to keep you and your family safe this summer.