Health & Beauty
Warm weather can feel great, but when it’s too hot, it can be harmful. Julie Jacobs explains how to protect yourself when it’s really hot outside.
Health & Beauty By Julie Jacobs The Heat is On PROTECT YOURSELF WHEN IT'S REALLY HOT OUTSIDE Kinesis at t's summertime, when the living is easy and the thermometer soars. On these often stiﬂing days, the body naturally keeps itself cool through the evaporation of sweat. If this internal "AC" falters— whether through prolonged or signiﬁcant exposure to very hot temperatures or high humidity—the body can overheat, sometimes with dangerous consequences. Heat-related illnesses—heat rash, heat exhaustion and heat stroke—can strike anyone. However, young children, the elderly, those who work in extremely hot environments, and people who are obese, living with a chronic disease or on certain medications like diuretics, beta blockers and antidepressants face the greatest risk. ough intense heat is at the root of these conditions, they all diﬀer from one another. Knowing the signs and symptoms is vital to getting the right treatment at the right time. I Heat Rash The best workout… The most unique studio… The most advanced exercise technology. Catch our new video on YouTube! Search: Pearl Personal Training Also known as prickly heat or miliaria, heat rash is a skin irritation that develops when sweat ducts become clogged, trapping perspiration underneath the skin and causing inﬂammation and discomfort. It is characterized by little bumps that itch or sting and are surrounded by reddened skin. Areas on the body most prone to heat rash include the armpits, elbows, knees and groin; the neck, back, upper chest and abdomen also can be aﬀected. e illness usually heals on its own when the sweating is reduced and the skin is cooled through exposure to fans or air conditioning. In some cases, topical ointments like calamine lotion or over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream may be necessary to provide relief from the prickly sensation. You should see your doctor if symptoms continue after a few days or if signs of infection, such as swelling, pain and fever, occur. Heat Exhaustion 453 Main Street, second floor, Little Falls pearlpersonaltraining.com 2 40 SUBURBAN ESSEX / VICINITY Vicinity MAGAZinE Layout Comp June 2011 973.837.8202 When the body becomes dehydrated and loses electrolytes through excessive sweating, heat exhaustion can ensue and disrupt both circulation and brain function. Symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, headache, heavy sweating, clammy skin, rapid pulse and shallow breathing, and can come on suddenly or after several days of exposure to high temperatures.
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