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Tips to stay healthy with triple digit temperatures

Post Date:04/27/2020 1:46 pm

Getting outside and exercising is more important than ever but with record-breaking temperatures over the weekend and more in the forecast, it’s important to know how to prevent getting sick, the signs of heat-related illnesses and what to do if someone is showing symptoms. Sun rising over mountain

Prevention

  • Stay hydrated. Even if you aren’t thirsty, drinking water helps your body from dehydrating before, during and after your workout.
  • Limit activity to morning and evening hours when temperatures are coolest
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored loose-fitting clothing
  • Pace yourself and know your limits
  • Wear Sunscreen

Signs and Symptoms

Heat Exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Possible muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

Heat Stroke:

  • Altered mental state
  • Throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness and/or shallow breathing
  • Body temperature above 103°F
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Faints, loses consciousness

Treatment

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Keep the person lying down
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Quickly cool the body with water and ice, if available
  • Watch for signs of breathing problems

For more details on prevention, signs, symptoms and treatment, please visit buckeyeaz.gov/heatsafety

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