Scorching temperatures can trigger health issues in the summer months, particularly for the elderly. Seniors should continue with caution and pay attention to the following warning signs and symptoms of heat-related hazards due to increased danger of experiencing health hazards such as sunburn, dehydration, heat fatigue, and heat stroke.
Top 4 Tips For Staying Cool this Summer
While spending time in blazing summer temperatures with friends and family, be sure to pay attention to your body. If there is something wrong, seek medical help. If you have further health problems, consult your doctor to identify appropriate medical care.
Skin harm can come from the powerful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Be sure to use sunscreen before and during any time outdoors. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that sunscreen be applied every two hours at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. This will provide the required protection for your skin against harmful UV rays. If you think the outside sun is powerful, look for shade if possible.
- Avoid the sun during peak hours of 10am – 2 pm.
- Seek shade.
- Wear clothing with UPF protection (ultraviolet protection factor) UPF 50+ helps block 98% of UVA/UVB rays.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Always apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors, even on a cloudy day. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you.
It happens when the body lacks the needed quantity of water and liquids leave the body more than it enters it. It is highly essential to drink a suitable quantity of water to maintain hydration in the heat. Losing water every day through activities is normal, but abundant sweating can lead to rapid liquid depletion. The key to quenching your thirst during prolonged periods of time in the heat is planning to take water with you.
- Drink plenty of water, as directed by your doctor.
- Eat foods with high amounts of water like fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid or limit drinks with caffeine like coffee, teas and soft drinks.
- Avoid or limit drinks with alcohol.
A disease that can happen after lengthy periods of heat exposure, often accompanied by dehydration. You can avoid heat exhaustion by keeping an eye on the heat index, wearing loose, light garments and drinking plenty of water. In some situations, air exhaustion may escalate to heat stroke if left untreated or unaddressed.
- Don’t drink alcohol in excess. Drinking too much alcohol can affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature.
- Drink plenty of fluids while outside and participating in active pursuits.
- Use sunscreen and wear hats and sunglasses while outdoors.
- Never leave anyone in a parked car.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most severe type of thermal injury occurs when the body’s core temperature is dangerously elevated, rising to or even exceeding 106 degrees in 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can be harmful or deadly to the brain and other inner organs. It can lead to failure of the body and has a major impact on those 50 years and over. Bring a hat and a cool towel, wear sunscreen, drink plenty of liquids, and wear light clothing, this can assist in avoiding a heat stroke from developing.
- Wear loosefitting, lightweight clothing.
- Protect against sunburn.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take extra precautions with certain medications.
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