Heat-Related Health Problems

We are having some of the hottest days of the year. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Officials say because heat-related deaths are preventable, people need to be aware of the risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death. R-M-C Occupational Health and Wellness Dr. Corey Gilliland shares tips on how to prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related health problems. Gilliland says some of the symptoms of heat-related conditions are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, and weakness. He says to balance summertime activity with proper hydration. He adds that people should avoid caffeine and alcohol because they can both cause dehydration. The C-D-C reports that the body normally cools itself. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. And, Gilliland says outdoor activities can compound a heat injury. Gilliland adds that people can also help avoid heat injury by wearing sunscreen.


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