Beat The Heat In Phoenix
The Phoenix Valley is well-known for its long hot summers, so it’s important to stay safe during any outdoor activities. In excess, the heat and sun exposure can lead to heat-related illnesses.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real but preventable problems. In general, heat exhaustion is more common, resulting from salt or water depletion. The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion can include:
- Muscle cramps
- Pale skin
- Dark-colored urine
Anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion, however the elderly and babies are the most susceptible. There are basic steps you can take to prevent heat-related problems:
- Seek shade
- Drink lots of water and consider replacing electrolytes and salt with a sports drink
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing
- Wear sunscreen, especially on the arms, head and shoulders
Heat stroke is another possible condition that occurs when a body simply gets too hot. It’s most prone to happening during exercise and exertion in the heat, but it can happen to anyone. Heat exhaustion when ignored may become heat stroke.
The major symptoms of heat stroke include:
- A body temperature of 104°F (40°C) or greater
- Brain symptoms like confusion and difficulty walking
- Skin redness and warmth
- Fast breathing or a fast heartbeat
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Muscle cramps or weakness
Should you seek medical attention if you or a family member experiences any of these symptoms? Yes, it’s important to get to a healthcare provider right away or call for emergency help.