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HEAT WAVE INSIGHT: Protecting Yourself & Your Loved Ones


We appreciate our patients and followers and are hopeful that you are moving through this recent heat wave safely.  As the heat index rises, we thought this important information might be helpful to have at your fingertips. 


PREVENTION FIRST...

  • Water, water, water – yourself and particularly your kids and pets!

  • Avoid mixing alcohol and hot outdoor temperatures (even at the ballpark).

  • Don’t leave your children or your pets in your car (even for a few minutes).

  • If you need to be outside when the sun is beating down, wear a hat or use an umbrella and wear sunglasses.

  • Refrain from wearing long sleeves and heavy clothing.

  • Shower in cool water to lower your body temperature.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR...

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness and fainting

  • Chills, pale, cold clammy skin

  • Nosebleeds

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Fast, weak pulse

  • Muscle cramps or muscle weakness

  • Fainting

  • Confusion

  • Skin that is hot and red

  • Fast heart rate

HEAT EXHAUSTION Versus HEAT STROKE and the Difference…

Often it is hard to understand the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The symptoms are similar, heat stroke is life threatening, and both require quick attention.  This helpful infographic from Beaumont is worth taking a few minutes to look at.


As we often say, take care of your body and it will take care of you.  On these hot, humid days this is especially true.


Stay cool and stay safe!

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