Heat Protection Tips

Think Prevention – Stay Cool & Dry

Recognize the Symptoms of Sun Damage and Heat Illness

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Always think PREVENTION and recognize the symptoms of sun damage and heat illnesses, such as sunburns, sun poisoning, excessive sweating, dehydration, double vision, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.


Red and painful skins are the first signs of a sunburn.  Swelling of the skin, blisters, fever and headaches are signs of severe sunburn which require immediate medical treatment.  If blisters bust, cover with a sterile cloth to prevent infection and seek medical attention.  The best prevention is the use of sunscreen and to re-apply sunscreen regularly, especially when sweating or swimming.


Heavy sweating and painful muscle spasms in the legs and abdomen are signs of heat cramps.  The best prevention is to avoid strenuous activities and exercises, and to drink plenty of water, in small portions and more often, even when you’re not thirsty.


Heavy sweating, high fever, dehydration, fatigue, hyperventilation or fast and shallow breathing, warm dry skin without sweating, irritability, bizarre behaviour, staggering, confusion, unconsciousness, clammy and pale skin, rapid and weak pulse, throbbing headaches, dizziness, fainting, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting are the signs of heat exhaustion.  Seek immediate medical treatment because this condition can worsen and become a heat stroke.


Heat strokes are lethal.  High fever, fatigue, dehydration, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, hot dry skin, rapid pulses are just a few of the symptoms.


Chills, nausea and swelling are some of the signs of sun poisoning. These symptoms are triggered by the body’s immune system trying to repair sun damaged skin.  It goes without saying that it is best to avoid the sun at its peak, between 10AM and 2PM.  If you are sun sensitive, wear long sleeved shirts and pants   — loose fitting, lightweight, light coloured, natural fibers, moisture wicking absorbent breathable fabrics.  If you clothing becomes wet or damp due to sweating, or even worse excessive sweating, change into something dry and cool.


Finding sun protection clothing and swimwear doesn’t need to be a challenge.  There are several online stores that cater to the sun sensitive needs of men, women and children.
Adjusting your summer diet can help regulate your body heat and provide added protection from the inside out.  Eat light, smaller portions and more often.  Eat cool and easy to digest foods and regulate your protein intake. Lean meats, non-fat dairy products, low protein foods, fish, fresh vegetables, fruits, salads, frozen treats, popsicles, ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen berries are some suggestions.
Don’t ignore your thirst.  Drink plenty of water and fluids such as juices, caffeine-free beverages, sport drinks with less than 8% carbohydrates.  Avoid alcohol, coffees, caffeine drinks which accelerate the metabolic heat of the body.  And equally important, don’t overlook the benefits of taking more time out to rest, and to rest more often.
Headaches, cracked lips, dry skin, dry mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, weight loss, dark and strong smelling urine, rapid heart beat, low blood pressure, light headedness, confusion are some of the signs of dehydration.
Always remember in extreme heat, people need to drink more water, in smaller portions and more often throughout the day, even if they aren’t thirsty.  Even for people who are better acclimatized to the summer heat, a series of mini heat waves build-up body stress and this can lead to serious heat illnesses.
To ensure good health, it’s imperative to take safety measures for sun and heat protection not only during mini and long hot deadly heat waves, but to do so throughout the summer season.



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