Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness & Hot Tips to Stay Cool


Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness –  Signs and Symptoms May Include:

o Weakness
o Headache
o Dizziness
o Muscle cramps
o Nausea or vomiting
o Rapid heartbeat

If you experience these symptoms, get out of the heat immediately.  Drink water, and wet and fan your skin.  If you don’t feel better within 60 minutes, contact your doctor.  If you develop a fever higher than 102 F (38.9 C) or become faint or confused, seek professional medical help.  Regular physical activity is important, but don’t let hot weather activities put your health at risk.

HOT TIPS TO STAY COOL!

  • Soak a t-shirt in the sink in cool water (not cold or chilled water), wring it out, put it on and sit in the shade or in front of a fan.  (You may want to save this one for when you’re alone, unless you’re going for that ‘wet t-shirt’ contest!)
  • Fill a plastic spray bottle with water and freeze over night.  You will have a cool mist that lasts for hours.
  • Soak your feet in cold water.  The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will naturally cool the body. 
  • Wear light colors darker colors will absorb the sun’s rays and be warmer than light or white clothing, which reflects light and heat.
  • Minty fresh use mint scented or menthol lotions and soaps to cool your skin.
  • More alcohol just the rubbing alcohol please!  Put some rubbing alcohol on a damp washcloth and hold it on the back of your neck and sit near a fan.  The evaporative effect can feel 30 degrees cooler.
  • FROZEN GRAPES:  A NATURALLY SWEET SUMMER TREAT

    These frozen bites always stay icy, but not frozen solid.  They must be eaten as soon as they are removed from the freezer before they thaw completely. 

    1.  Wash and dry green or red grapes.
    2.  Place in sealable plastic bag.
    3.  Keep in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.
    4.  Fill a bowl with several ice cubes and place the bag in the bowl to keep cool while you enjoy!

    Have a wonderful summer!                                                             — Curt Hendrix

    Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

     

     Though the elderly (65+), infants and children are more susceptible to heat stress, even the best conditioned of athletes can succumb to the health risks of hot weather.

    In the last 25 years more people have died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, lightning and earthquakes combined.

    As simple as it seems, understanding how and why the body cools itself, when faced with extreme temperatures, is the key to staying healthy and preventing injuries and even death.

    This well done and comprehensive pamphlet contains some valuable information, especially for those of you who live in areas where temperatures get into the 90’s and above.

    From recognizing heat stroke, heat exhaustion heat cramps, heat rash and sunburn and what to do about them, the information is presented in an easy to understand and interesting format and something you may want to share with your family and friends.       –Curt Hendrix

    Created by the Centers for Disease Control
    http://www.bt.cdc

    Pharmaceutical Companies Expanding Revenues at the Expense of Our Children

    Evidentially the pharmaceutical companies aren’t happy or satisfied with over-medicating the U.S. adult population.  They now want to increase the rate at which children are being drugged.
     
    Some of you may not have read my article on the rapid increase in the number of prescriptions taken by the elderly in the U.S.  Even though there is no observable benefit or decrease in various diseases such as diabetes, hypertension etc for which these drugs are prescribed, the number has doubled annually in the past 15 years.
     
    Don’t let your physician or the pharmaceutical companies expand their revenues at the expense of our children.  Read this article.  —  Curt Hendrix