How to Beat the Heat

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How to Beat the Heat

Temperatures are already exceeding 100F in some parts of America and will continue to rise over the next few months. With summer quickly approaching, it’s more important than ever to beat the heat by staying safe and hydrated. Although many people enjoy the blazing temperatures of summertime, there are a myriad of illnesses to watch out for, in addition to more common side effects like fatigue and sunburn.  

Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you and your family do everything possible to beat the heat and stay safe while temperatures are scorching. To help you do so, here are some symptoms of heat-related illnesses to be aware of, and what you can do to treat them.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a severe heat illness that occurs when your body’s temperature exceeds 104F. Symptoms include:

  • High body temperature
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Hot or red skin
  • Damp or dry skin
  • Loss of consciousness

Heat stroke is a medical emergency, and if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 right away. While waiting for medical professionals, there are a few things you can do:

  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Use cool clothes or a cool bath to lower the person’s temperature
  • Apply cool or cold compresses to the person’s armpits, neck, and groin

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is more common and less severe illness, but can be incredibly serious. It occurs when your body loses too much water and electrolytes through sweating. Symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Cold, pale, and/or clammy skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Loss of consciousness

To treat heat exhaustion, you can:

  • Move to a cool place
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Use cool, wet clothes to lower body temperature
  • Take a cool bath
  • Sip water (slowly!)

If you or anyone you know experiences symptoms lasting more than one hour, symptoms worsen, or vomiting occurs, call 911 immediately.

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps occur when your body loses too much water and salt. They happen primarily during exercise, often affecting calf and abdominal muscles. However, you can experience heat cramps in any muscle. Symptoms include: 

  • Heavy sweating during intense exercise
  • Muscle pain or spasms

If you notice these symptoms during your workout, stop and move to a cool place. You should also:

  • Drink water or a sports drink with electrolytes
  • Wait for cramps to subside before engaging in more physical activity

You should get medical help immediately if:

  • Your cramps last longer than one hour
  • You’re on a low-sodium diet
  • You have heart problems

Sunburn

Most of us have had at least one sunburn in our lifetimes, but depending on the severity, sunburns can be incredibly dangerous. Signs of sunburn include skin that is:

  • Painful
  • Red and warm/hot
  • Blistered

To treat sunburns, make sure you do the following:

  • Stay out of the sun until it heals
  • Use a cool cloth on affected areas
  • Take a cool bath
  • Use moisturizing lotion on affected areas
  • Do NOT break blisters

Heat Rash

Heat rash is common, and isn’t life threatening, but you should still do your best to avoid it. To avoid heat rash, stay in a cool, dry place whenever possible, wear sunscreen, and stay hydrated. Heat rash often forms clusters of small, red blisters that often appear on the neck, groin, or elbow creases.

To treat heat rash, keep the affected area dry, and use powder to soothe.

Ways to Beat the Heat

There are many things you can do in order to beat the heat. Make sure you are using sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors, even on cloudy days. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and using sunscreen can help protect you from cancers, including melanoma.

Make sure your sunscreen is:

  • Broad spectrum (protects from UVA and UVB rays)
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Water resistant (40-80 minutes)

You’ll generally need about one ounce of sunscreen to cover exposed areas.

And of course, make sure you are always hydrated!  Even if you feel fine, have a bottle of water on you at all times, and drink more than you normally would. This can help prevent heat-related illnesses. Stay out the direct sunlight whenever possible, and also find cool places to sit down if you feel fatigued.

Contact Lerner and Rowe

Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you and your family follow this guide to beat the heat. Being familiar with the different types of heat illnesses and their symptoms is a big step towards prevention. Unfortunately, it’s possible to suffer heat illness through the negligence of a business owner. If you believe that a business or other entity created unsafe conditions that caused you to suffer a heat sickness, please contact us immediately. 

You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — even on summer holidays. Our team is available by phone at 844-977-1900 and through the Internet through LiveChat and secure online form.

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.