Presently, we are at that phase of the year where it is important for people to take care of their bodies and understand what conditions suit their body and which are the conditions that tend to have a negative impact on it.
The temperatures are rising continually and the heat is predicted to reach up to ninety-four degrees. In accordance with the National Weather Service, the people working outdoors are at a comparatively higher risk of acquiring heat-related health issues. A program for making people aware of the health effects of heat was organized on Monday 18th June that continued from noon till 8 p.m. late in the evening.
The NWS also spoke of one air-quality alert having code orange, which depicts that the concentration of air pollution in that area is higher and may be unhealthy for children, senior citizens, the people having asthma, and the people suffering from heart or lungs related diseases.
The NWS said that the heat would be maximum during mid to the late afternoon. The service urged that the people doing any strenuous work during this time should reschedule their work either for the evening or early morning. The service also advised people to wear light and loose-fitting clothes and drink enough water for the body to stay hydrated all through the day.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion is really crucial. Heat exhaustion is reportedly of 2 types, namely- salt depletion and water depletion. The symptoms of “salt depletion” are muscle cramps, vomiting, nausea, and dizziness. The symptoms of “water depletion” are- excessive thirst, headache, loss of consciousness, and weakness.
Heat exhaustion could reportedly result in heat stroke if proper care is not taken. Heat stroke could lead to the damage of the brain as well as the other organs of the body and in certain cases may also be fatal. The symptoms of heat stroke are- fainting, dizziness, throbbing headache, muscle cramps, weakness, and the skin turning red, dry, and hot, rapid and shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, staggering or disorientation, confusion, and seizures.
The NWS has warned people to take the required precautions before going outside in the sun.