Kidneys

Avoid Heat Illness With These Summer Tips

Jul 19, 2018

Enjoying your family and friends is a great way to keep spirits high, but with the excess heat summertime brings, you’ll want to be careful not to overdo a good thing.

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As you may be diligent about keeping your fluid intake in check, and watching what you eat — sometimes the clear signs of heat illness can go unnoticed. Without proper attention, heat stroke can lead to some serious health complications. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Be prepared – Before leaving the house, grab your hat, sunglasses, and comfortable, loose clothing.
  • Alternate periods in the sun with breaks in the shade.

  • For extra hot days, try to plan outings in the mornings or in the evening, once the sun begins to set.

  • Know the symptoms of heat illness – lots of sweating, a faster pulse, low blood pressure, and confusion.

  • If you or someone you know begins to feel unwell, quickly return home or find help immediately.

Don’t let the risks of heat illness keep you indoors all summer long! Listen to your body and look out for each other and go out there and enjoy the warm, sunny days.

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