How to Cope During a Heatwave
The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave with temperatures rising to 35 degrees in some parts of the country this week. While sunshine is welcome and the vitamin D is much needed, too much heat can lead to illness. To avoid any heat-related sickness, make sure you are well-prepared! Follow Fleet Street Clinic’s tips to help keep safe during the hot weather.
Risks During the Heat:
- Exposure to such high temperatures increases sweating, and results in loss of fluid and electrolytes causing rapid dehydration. This can result in heat exhaustion or heatstroke which can be life threatening if not dealt with promptly.
- The highest risk groups are the elderly, babies, children and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
- If you engage in strenuous physical activity this will increase the risk of illness related to the heat.
Top 7 Tips For Beating the Heat
- Seek shelter and shade during the middle of the day (11am -3pm).
- If you are outside, ensure you protect your skin against the sun with a high factor sun cream, hat and sunglasses.
- Wear loose fitting, light-weight and light colour clothing.
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and eating food with a high water content (such as fruit).
- Ensure you are taking in sufficient salt in your diet (sweating leads to electrolyte and salt depletion).
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can worsen heat-related illness.
- Heat stroke can be a life-threatening emergency and medical help should be sought.
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