It’s one thing to try to “Beat the Heat.”
But it’s extremely important to recognize when the hot weather is getting the best of you.
Dr. Tom Tallman, an emergency room doctor at Cleveland Clinic saiid, it’s not just the heat, but the humidity that can cause trouble.
“Anytime the relative humidity is predicted to be 60% or greater," he said, "that’s the humidity where you’re going to sweat and it just isn’t going to cool you off. In other words, you’re going to sweat greater than the air can absorb it.“
The Centers for Disease Control classifies heat exhaustion as a milder form of heat-related illness.
It’s the body’s response to excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat.
heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms, usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs.
and heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature.
It’s the most serious heat emergency because the body’s temperature rises rapidly and the sweating mechanism fails.
Dr. Tallman said if you succumb to the heat, start drinking water or sports drinks immediately and seek shade. “Get them out of the environment, remove clothing and think of ways that we cool the body. Like in the emergency department we might bring in somebody and put them in an area where we can turn a fan on them and spray them with water. Then you have evaporation and convection helping to cool the body off.”
Dr. Tallman cautions that some of the first signs of heat illness can be dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. He adds that you should pay attention to these symptoms when you’re out in the heat.