Tyler Ryan and Hima Dalal discuss the dangers of heat and activities

Tyler Ryan and Hima Dalal discuss the dangers of heat and activities

COLUMBIA SC (WOLO)

Stress is the leading cause of weather-related death and can exacerbate underlying illnesses such as diabetes, psychological distress, asthma and infectious diseases. According to the WHO, global warming has caused an increase in the intensity of heat and the frequency of heat waves. If the human body overheats, the body may experience dehydration, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, loss of consciousness, confusion, skin rash, increased blood pressure, permanent muscle damage and, in some cases, organ damage and death.

A rise in body temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to death. Avoid prolonged periods of heat, take frequent breaks or stay in shaded areas when going to the beach, garden, sports activities, etc. Wear sunglasses, hats, blankets and long-sleeved clothing. Keep your neck covered to maintain a
safe body temperature. Be sure to stay hydrated with water, drink drinks with tons of electrolytes, and keep cold packs and compresses handy. Be aware of rapid water loss with sweating and alcohol consumption.

If you start sweating profusely, become speechless or confused, have a racing heartbeat, or experience vomiting and diarrhea, don’t ignore your symptoms and seek medical attention immediately.

Also, watch out for children and pets who may have a harder time monitoring their body temperature on their own. Do not expose them to heat for an extended period when it says there is a higher heat index. If you suffer from muscle cramps and these last for more than 36 hours, you will benefit from a visit to your physiotherapist.

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