Healthy Lifestyle Tips
Heat-Related Illnesses (1) -Causes and Symptoms-Heat-related illnesses result from being in a hot, dry environment or a hot, humid environment for prolonged periods, and not drinking enough water. High humidity, especially, interferes with the evaporation of perspiration, the body's way of cooling itself.This leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system.
This can strike anyone, but certain individuals are at higher risk: infants, children up to age 4, adults over age 65, the obese, chronic alcoholics and individuals taking certain drugs, such as antihistamines, or antipsychotic medications.
Indoor Heat-Related Illnesses
Even if for only a short time, staying in a vehicle without air conditioning or good airflow can cause heat-related illnesses or heat stroke.
Outdoor Heat-Related IllnessesThis is caused by an increase in body temperature brought on by intense physical activity in hot weather.
Heat-Related Illnesses ScaleScale1: First aid and monitoring.
Consult a hospital if the condition doesn’t improve.
Symptoms: muscle pain (heat cramps), heavy perspiration, dizziness, yawning, etc.
Scale 2: Heat exhaustion.
Consult a hospital.
Symptoms: headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, lack of strength, etc.
Scale 3: Heat stroke
A medical emergency. Immediate hospitalization is necessary.
Symptoms: unconsciousness, confusion, seizures, high-body temperature : 104°F (40°C) or higher