How to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses Augusta GA
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1974
How to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses
Keeping your cool in hot situations
If you've endured several months of cloudy winter, a hot summer's day can seduce you into thinking nothing can go wrong . Don't make the mistake of thinking only extreme desert heat can kill. Hot, humid conditions can bring on heat-related illnesses, too. While heat-related illnesses tend to hit children and the elderly more quickly than healthy adults, no one is immune.
Whether you're heading out onto the water, into the desert or exploring a national park , excessive heat can ruin the day as much as sunburn , dehydration or blazing a trail straight through a patch of poison ivy . To ensure you don't overheat,
The least severe of the three heat-related illnesses, heat cramps can also be the most painful. A result of dehydration, these cramps usually strike during heavy exercise in hot conditions. There will be no doubting that you have heat cramps since the condition is usually characterized by
If you suspect you are suffering from heat cramps,
More serious than heat cramps, heat exhaustion usually occurs when you've lost large amounts of water and electrolytes through sweating. At this stage, the body is no longer able to cool itself and remains overheated. Heat exhaustion is usually characterized by
If you have symptoms of heat exhaustion,
Heat exhaustion can quickly become heatstr...