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How to Avoid Heatstroke in the Summer Months

As the summer months approach and the weather gets increasingly hotter, it is essential you make sure you are protected from the various dangers of this overwhelming heat. Many people suffer from various injuries due to the hot sun, the first and foremost being heatstroke. Though it is entirely preventable, many people forget to protect themselves and end up worse off for it.

The following are key tips to avoiding heatstroke:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing so your skin can breathe
  • Protect against sunburn by applying sunscreen every couple of hours
  • Drink plenty of fluids, as staying hydrated will counteract the heat you are in
  • Never leave any children, adults, or pets in a locked car, as many people have died due to being left in a car where temperatures can rise 20 degrees higher than the temperatures outside
  • Be cautious, as nothing works quite as well as prevention
  • Take precautions with certain medications, as certain medications can speed up the dehydration process
  • Make sure to take it easy with your tasks, as you may need to put certain activities on hold when it is unbearably hot outside
  • Last but not least, get acclimated! Not everyone is used to very hot environments, which is why it may take a few weeks or even months to get used to living in a climate with hotter weather than expected

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms of heatstroke, you need to see a medical professional immediately. Our Greater El Monte Community Hospital Emergency Department will be able to take care of you efficiently and effectively. We know any medical situation is one that requires immediate and urgent care, which is why we strive to treat every patient with personalized medical treatment. Our team of medical professionals will make sure you are met with friendly, affordable, and quality treatment.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.

Categories: Wellness, Prevention