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Be alert this summer and avoid heat-related issues

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Long, sunny days of summer are here, but that also brings added risk of overheating.

Excessive exposure to the heat is not safe for any age but particularly risky for older adults and individuals with health problems.

Be alert and recognize the common signs of overheating, which can lead to heat stroke, hyperthermia and other heat-related issues.

If you begin to feel tired even after a good night of sleep, your body may be telling you it is starting to overheat. In addition to feeling weak and fatigued, you may also experience confusion and feel agitated.

Feeling nauseous is a big sign that your body is too hot. If your nausea is accompanied by vomit, you may also be in the early stages of heat stroke.

If you are out in the heat and begin to feel dizzy, you are beginning to overheat.

Sweating in the summer is normal, however sweating through your clothes is a sign that you are overheated. On the contrary, if your body loses the ability to cool itself off and you experience a lack of sweat, your body is signaling a need to cool off.

A dull or throbbing headache is also a common sigh of heat exhaustion.

Lower your risk of heat-related illness by staying hydrated. Keep your home as cool as possible with fans or air conditioning. Keep your blinds or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day and open your windows at night to allow the heat to escape.

Dress for the weather and wear natural fabrics like cotton. Consider exercising indoors or take your daily walk early in the morning or later in the day to avoid peak temperatures.

If you begin to experience any of these warning signs, seek a cool place to rest with your legs elevated and drink plenty of water until your symptoms go away. Avoid fluids with alcohol or caffeine. If you don’t feel better soon, get medical care.

Hearthstone Communities : 920 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098 : 815.338.2110 : www.hearthstonewoodstock.org

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