During these summer heatwaves it’s a good idea to stay out of the sun and be someplace cooler. Staying out of the sun is not only a good idea for comfort reasons but for health reasons as well. Here are some dangerous conditions that too much sun can cause.
The human body’s normal temperature is about 98.7 degrees Fahrenheit. In order for the body to stay within safe limits of this temperature, it must get rid of its excess heat. When your body is faced with internal or external factors that raise its temperature, like a steaming hot day, the brain sends signals that begin cooling mechanisms such as sweating. when a heat stroke occurs, our bodies are unable to keep up with the cooling demands that a very hot and humid day can create.
Heat stroke can occur as the result of prolonged exposure to high temperatures and happens when your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher. Heat stroke can be life-threatening, so it is important to take immediate action if you think you or someone you’re with is experiencing these symptoms.
Heat exhaustion is like heat stroke but milder in severity. Heat exhaustion is also due to your body’s temperature rising, and it’s often associated with dehydration. Unlike a heat stroke, when heat exhaustion occurs, you may find yourself sweating profusely. Heat exhaustion is often a precursor to heat stroke, so it’s important to get out of the heat and rest if you present any symptoms.
Heat hives, also known as cholinergic urticaria (CU), are a type of hives that occur when the body’s temperature is raised. This condition is usually triggered by allergic reactions to heat and/or sweat. It can be triggered by a variety of scenarios like exercising, taking a hot bath or shower, being in a warm room, eating spicy foods, being upset or experiencing anxiety. If you have CU, the best treatment is avoidance of activities that cause your body to overheat.
Be on the lookout for these conditions in the times of extreme heat. The best way to avoid these conditions is to stay out of the heat as much as possible.