With the passing of the Fourth of July, we are now heading into the “dog days” of summer and will experience some of the hottest days over the next few weeks. Greg Lindberg, who enjoys spending time outside with his family and friends, says that you should always be cautious about hydration. Getting dizzy or experiencing other symptoms of dehydration is no laughing matter and serious dehydration can be outright dangerous and lead to heat stroke.
Recognize the Symptoms of Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat illness, and needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Heat stroke occurs when there is extreme heat or humidity, or when someone participates in extreme physical exercise under a hot sun. Under these conditions, the body may not be able to cool itself quickly enough, causing dehydration and other heat illnesses, including heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke include the following:
- Loss of concentration
- Rapid heat beat
- Inability to sweat
Preparing for the heat is the best way to avoid heat stroke and dehydration. Greg Lindberg advises to always carry a bottle of water with you, because you might not even realize you’re dehydrated. In addition, if you working or exercising in heat be sure to take breaks often so you don’t overexert yourself. Finally, avoid diuretics, like coffee or alcohol, which can dehydrate you even quicker.