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Well we all know that the summer heat can be pretty intense. SO here is a few tips, pointers and helpful suggestions to stay 'cool' while it's 'hot'.
Water- Drinking lots of water will help keep you hydrated. Be sure to drink lots of water on hot days!
Clothes- Wear loose, short clothing like skirts, tank tops, shorts etc. Wearing sweaters & long pants in the summer can make you even warmer.
Excersize- I know lots of you don't want to excersize on hot days, but it's better to go for a run on a sunny day opposed to a rainy day. You may get sick, besides running in wet clothing can be uncomfortable. Don't be afraid to get off that sofa and go outside.
Sunblock- Be sure to wear lots of sun screen. Getting sun burned is not fun at all. No one likes red skin.
Bug spray- I know during the summer the misquitos and black flies are always in the grass. Be sure to wear bug spray to help prevent getting bitten.
Tanning- If your the type of person who likes & can get tanned, be sure not to fall asleep outside because the tan can turn into a bad burn.
Sports- Sports are fun to play in the summer, be sure to drink lots of cold water.
Sun burns- Sunburns destroy skin, which controls the amount of heat our bodies retain or release, holds in fluids, and protects us from infection. Look for blisters. Blistering means the skin is completely damaged and complications are likely. If the area with blisters is bigger than one entire arm, seek medical attention by calling 911 or visiting the emergency department. Once you have a sunburn, avoid going out into the sun until it is fully healed. Apply aloe or another cooling agent. Whatever you do - DO NOT APPLY BUTTER OR OIL TO ANY BURN! Advil and tylenol can be taken for pain. If stronger pain relief is needed, contact a physician or go to the emergency department. Burns can cause swelling. Burns of the face and neck can sometimes swell enough to cause difficulty breathing. If that happens, call 911 immediately. Burns that completely circle the hands or feet may cause such severe swelling that blood flow is restricted. If swollen or tight hands and feet become numb and tingly, blue, cold, or "fall asleep," then call 911 immediately. While the burn is healing, wear loose natural clothing like silks or light cottons. Harsher fabrics will irritate the skin even more. Too much sun can also cause heat illness. Be sure to stay safe and cover up while your outside enjoying the weather.
Bug bites- Stings and bites from insects are common. They often result in redness and swelling in the injured area. Sometimes a sting can cause a life-threatening allergic reactions. Treatment depends on the type of reaction. If there is only redness and pain at the site of the bite, application of ice is adequate treatment. Clean the area with soap and water to remove contaminated particles left behind by some insects (such as mosquitoes). These particles may further contaminate the wound if not removed. Refrain from scratching because this may cause the skin to break down and an infection to form. You may treat itching at the site of the bite with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) in cream or pill form. Calamine lotion also helps relieve the itching. People who have a history of severe reactions to bites or stings may have been prescribed an anaphylaxis kit. The kit contains an epinephrine injector (you give yourself an injection), tourniquet, and an antihistamine. The kit should be used according to the doctor's instructions.
Heat stroke- Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, occur when your body can't keep itself cool. As the air temperature rises, your body stays cool when your sweat evaporates. On hot, humid days, the evaporation of sweat is slowed by the increased moisture in the air. When sweating isn't enough to cool your body, your body temperature rises, and you may become ill. Heat exhaustion happens when your body gets too hot. It can be caused by physical exercise or hot weather. You may experience: Heavy sweating, Feeling weak and/or confused, Dizziness, Nausea, Headache, Fast heartbeat. If you think you have heat exhaustion, get out of the heat quickly. Rest in a building that has air-conditioning. If you can't get inside, find a cool, shady place. Drink plenty of water or other fluids. Do not drink caffine, or other drinks. These can make heat exhaustion worse. Take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool water to your skin. Take off any tight or unnecessary clothing. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes, you should contact your doctor. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can progress to heatstroke. If you think someone might have heatstroke, call emergency medical personnel immediately. While you are waiting for medical assistance, take the person into an air-conditioned building or a cool, shady place. Remove the person's unnecessary clothing to help cool him or her down. Try to fan air over the person while wetting the skin with water. You can also apply ice packs to the person's armpits, groin, neck and back. These areas contain a lot of blood vessels close the surface of the skin. Cooling them with ice packs can help the person cool down. Do not take any medications etc when having a heatstroke. Your body may react and worsen.
If you would like me to add anything or have any more questions, please post them. If you would like for me to add more treatments, please ask. (: Have a fun and safe summer!
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