South Tabor Family Physicians LLP can’t stress enough how important it is to take precautions during extreme heat. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can lead to serious health issues such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration, and more.
Here are some expert tips to help you stay healthy and cool in the blistering heat:
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they can lead to dehydration. Remember, thirst isn’t always an accurate indicator; drink regularly even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Wear Light Clothing: Loose-fitting, light-colored clothes made of breathable fabrics can help you stay cool. Avoid dark colors as they can absorb the sun’s rays.
- Limit Outdoor Activity: Plan activities during cooler parts of the day, typically early morning or late evening. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade.
- Use Fans and Air Conditioners: If you don’t have air conditioning at home, consider visiting public places like malls or libraries. Here is a link to the Multnomah County page for cooling places. Remember that fans are more effective when combined with other cooling methods like mist or ice.
- Take Cool Showers: A quick cold shower or bath can do wonders in reducing your body temperature.
- Stay Informed: Keep an eye on weather forecasts and be aware of any heat advisories in your area.
- Watch for Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses: Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting, and breathing problems are some symptoms to watch out for. If you or someone you know is feeling these symptoms, it’s essential to get to a cooler place and seek medical attention immediately.
- Protect Your Skin: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. A hat with a wide brim can also help shield your face and neck.
- Eat Light: Opt for light meals that don’t add extra heat to your body. Salads, fruits, and lean proteins are great choices.
- Stay Connected: Check on elderly neighbors or those who might not have access to air conditioning. Heat can be particularly dangerous for the elderly, infants, and those with underlying health conditions.
Remember, while summer is a season of fun and outdoor activities, safety should always come first. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you and your loved ones remain cool, healthy, and happy no matter how high the mercury rises. Stay safe and cool out there!