The summer is in full swing now, which means lots of outdoor activities! It also means a lot more heat and a lot more sun, which could lead to sunburns, or even worse, heatstroke, and the risk of getting heat stroke grows the longer you’re exposed to the sun. Thankfully, there are some very simple things you can do to help prevent that from happening.
Be Sun Smart
- Spending some time in the shade during the summer can help your body manage the outdoor heat. By not staying in direct sunlight constantly, you can prevent not only heatstroke, but also sunburn.
- Make sure that you take regular breaks from whatever activity you’re doing. If you’re hiking for example, take 5 minutes to relax every so often. That will give your body a moment to rest and allow you to take stock of how you’re feeling.
- The most important thing you can do to help prevent heat stroke is to hydrate. Drinking enough water will keep your body temperature regulated, as well as replenish fluids that you use up when you’re out in the heat. Having enough water in your system will also help protect you from fatigue and headaches, both of which can happen when you’re in the sun too long.
Hydration is important year-round, but especially during the summer months when the temperatures are highest. Because heatstroke can come on gradually, you might not even realize you’re having one at first. And by the time you’re experiencing symptoms such as excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, fatigue, difficulty thinking and more, you’ll need immediate medical attention.
Stay Healthy and Hydrated with Rapides Urgent Care
If you think you or a loved one is experiencing heatstroke, contact emergency services immediately. Rapides Urgent Care is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have when it comes to safe summer activities for you and your family. We can help you with scrapes, cuts, colds, and bruises, and more. Our priority here at Rapides Urgent Care is to provide you with the highest level of service, with the greatest quality of service. You can walk in at any time, and you can also check-in online. Contact us for more information.