Fun In The Sun… Protect Yourself!

Fun In The Sun... Protect Yourself!

Chiropractic Fairview NC Wellness

By: Ed Reilly DC

I was hiking down the south rim of the Grand Canyon on our honeymoon.  We ended up hiking with a park ranger for several hours. He told us that every year a number of people die doing exactly what we were doing from heat stroke (usually due to being ill-prepared). Now we are fortunate to live in an area that continually garners accolades as a great place to live and visit.  If you love the outdoors, it is hard to imagine a location with more to offer.  From being named one of the 20 coolest towns in America for outdoor adventures to being named one of the 16 best places to live by Outside Online, there is no shortage of recognition for the many opportunities to explore the natural beauty of our community.  But there can be a downside to all that fun in the sun.  As we enter the dog days of summer, with ever rising temperatures and increasing humidity, heat related illnesses increase.  Here’s what to look for, and how we can help you should you experience one of these issues.

What Are the Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses?

Heat cramp symptoms can include:

  • Severe, sometimes disabling, cramps that typically begin suddenly in the hands, calves, or feet
  • Hard, tense muscles

Heat exhaustion symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Excessive thirst
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Weakness
  • Confusion or anxiety
  • Drenching sweats, often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
  • Slowed or weakened heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Agitation

Heat exhaustion requires immediate attention.

Heat stroke symptoms can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Hot, flushed, dry skin
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Decreased sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased urination
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Increased body temperature (104 degrees to 106 degrees F)
  • Confusion, delirium, or loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions

Heat stroke can occur suddenly, without any symptoms of heat exhaustion. If a person is experiencing any symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, GET MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY. Any delay could be fatal. Seek emergency medical care for anyone who has been in the heat and who has the following symptoms:

  • Confusion, anxiety, or loss of consciousness
  • Very rapid or dramatically slowed heartbeat
  • Rapid rise in body temperature that reaches 104 degrees to 106 degrees F
  • Either drenching sweats accompanied by cold, clammy skin (which may indicate heat exhaustion) or a marked decrease in sweating accompanied by hot, flushed, dry skin (which may indicate heat stroke)
  • Convulsions
  • Any other heat-related symptom that is not alleviated by moving to a shady or air-conditioned area and administering fluids and salts

Hot Weather Tips

Say hydrated before and during activities; try drinking ½ your body weight in ounces per of water for baseline summer hydration. The key not going into activities already dehydrated.  You should drink six to eight ounces of water or sports drink every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise, especially in the heat. Eat bananas when expecting high heat outdoor activities. Always bring a friend on strenuous outdoor activities so you a have a buddy system in place. Make sure you supplement with a high quality multivitamin with minerals; consider a travel pack of just a mineral supplement.


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Fairview Chiropractic Center
2 Fairview Hills Drive
Fairview, NC 28730
(828) 628-7800