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Battling the Summer Heat can Result in Health Issues

Posted by on July 10th, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Consumer Health, Public Health, Rural Health

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It’s July and that means high temperatures and oppressive humidity for a good portion of our country.  The temperature can be uncomfortable, but it can also be downright risky to your health!

Sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself but in high temperature with added humidity, sometimes this mechanism isn’t effective enough.  Illnesses related to heat include stroke, exhaustion, cramps, and skin rash.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have some great recommendations to avoid heat-related illnesses.

  • Stay Cool! Wear appropriate clothing and apply sunscreen.  Be cautious when scheduling outdoor activities and make sure to pace yourself when you are active.  Stay indoors or take often breaks inside a cool structure.
  • Stay Hydrated! Drink plenty of fluids and replace nutrients that your body sweats out.
  • Stay Informed! Pay attention to health/weather alerts and know the signs of heat related illness.

While you may not be able to beat the heat, you can certainly make sure the heat doesn’t beat you!

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