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Your Health and the Heat

Summertime in the South is a pleasant time for many, but with the warmer temperatures and longer days, our health can suffer from potential heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun. Throughout July and August, All Care Home Health will be providing tips on how to cope with higher temps.Older Adult enjoying warmer weather

First, it’s important to educate yourself on when you could be at risk for heat related illnesses. Here is some general information to make you aware of potential negative effects on your body from hot weather.

  1. Older adults are at higher risk for developing heat related illnesses because their bodies cannot regulate temperature as well as younger adults. This can be due to medical conditions and/or medications that hinder the body’s ability to control temperature.
  2. Heat related illnesses are referred to as hyperthermia. Hyperthermia includes conditions such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fatigue, dehydration, and light headedness or fainting.
  3. Heat waves are extended periods of excessive heat and are responsible for killing more Americans than other natural disasters.
  4. Being exposed to the sun for just a short amount of time can cause sunburn and increase your risk for skin cancer. Some medications make skin more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays.
  5. Heat exhaustion and other heat related illnesses are preventable. By educating yourself and knowing the signs and symptoms, you can keep your body temperature in check and continue enjoying those long summer days.
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