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Prevent Heat Stroke: Don't Get Overheated!

Prevent Heat Stroke: Don't Get Overheated!

"Body Heat" sizzled with the passions of actors Kathleen Turner and William Hurt, but when the summer sun cranks up its power, you need to be on the outlook for more than betrayal and deceit. You need to avoid getting overheated so you can prevent heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other hot-weather health issues.

If you're active outdoors, hydrate regularly (don't wait until you're thirsty), don't take salt tablets (unless your doc says you should), take breaks to cool down every 30 minutes, and watch out for these heat-related complications:

  • Heat syncope: This triggers a woozy, dizzy feeling. People taking beta blockers (a type of blood pressure medication, are at higher risk. Get into a cool area, rest with your legs up, drink cool liquids, and call a doc if the world feels out of focus.
  • Heat cramps: These can come from working or playing in the heat. If your skin gets cool and damp, and your muscles tighten up, get into a cool area. Drink water or a sports drink with electrolytes, and put cold packs on yours wrists or neck.
  • Heat edema: This makes ankles and feet swell. Get into a cool area, elevate your legs, and drink cool fluids. If the swelling doesn't ease, call your doctor.
  • Heat exhaustion: This is a warning that you're headed toward heat stroke! You may be dizzy, weak, and nauseated. You may also have a rapid heartbeat and be sweaty and chilly at the same time. Get into a cool area, drink cool liquids, and get emergency medical care if you don't feel better very soon.
  • Heat stroke: This causes rapid heartbeat, plummeting blood pressure, and problems breathing. Call 911 pronto! This is life-threatening. Get horizontal in a cool environment until help arrives.

Here's what Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen say you should look for in sunscreen.

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