This week we are seeing temperatures soar to up to 37C in some parts of the country. British summer time usually sees highs of around 27C, this incredible 10C increase will see many of us struggling to sleep, losing our appetites and dehydrating. How can you keep on top of staying cool during the record-breaking heatwave? We look into how to reduce your chances of heatstroke and dehydration this weekend in the summer sun.
Caused by your body temperature rising to over 40C heatstroke is usually caused by overexposure to the sun. Excessive environmental heat has major effects on the human body, knowing the signs of heat exhaustion could save someone you love.
Heat exhaustion is usually not serious; however, it can be extremely dangerous especially to the young and elderly. Spotting heat exhaustion is the key to avoiding a more serious case such as Heatstroke which can lead to seizures and even death if left untreated. How can you look for the signs of heat exhaustion and stop Heatstroke in its tracks?
You are most at risk of developing heat exhaustion when you are in a humid, hot place, or while taking part in strenuous physical activity under direct sunlight. The best way to address heat exhaustion is to simply remove yourself from direct sun and heat. If you leave heat exhaustion to develop you may be at risk of Heatstroke – a more serious health concern, being aware of the side effects will help you judge when to be seen by a doctor urgently.
Heatstroke with the young and elderly can be life threatening and must be diagnosed and treated with urgency. Infants and the elderly do not adjust to sudden changes in temperature well, this causes a rapid onset of side effects and heat related illnesses. An infant with a temperature of 40C and above is at high risk of febrile seizures due to overheating, there is no way to predict a febrile seizure. You can reduce the risk of a seizures by seeking medical attention urgently if you spot the above symptoms.
The only way to avoid heat exhaustion and Heatstroke is to help your body temperature remain cool. We have looked into the best ways you can keep cool, to help you over the heatwave weekend!
It’s very easy to overdo it in the sun and enjoy the heatwave a little too much. The tips and tricks we have shared with you are sure to keep you cool, so you can enjoy the summer for longer without any nasty surprise hospital visits.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with the heat this week, why not speak to a doctor now via the fantastic alldayDr app and make sure you stay safe this sunny weekend.