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How can I stay cool when it's hot outside?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
When your natural cooling system is pushed to the limit, stay where there is air conditioning. If you don't have it at home, go somewhere that does, like the mall, a library or a cooling center. If you can't get to a place with AC, do this:
  • Take cool showers.
  • Eat lightly, and stick to room-temperature foods (no turning on the oven).
  • Drink plenty of cool -- not icy -- fluids. Plenty, meaning not just one glass in the morning.
  • Go to a shaded pool (or make your own shade).
  • Do outdoor activities early in the morning or after sunset.
  • If you feel nauseated, dizzy, or disoriented, get help fast in the cool of a hospital emergency department (even if you don’t sign in).

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