Heat Exhaustion

Last week we discussed the many different summertime injuries that may plague individuals and families as the weather allows us the opportunity for outside activities. Today, we would like to concentrate on hydration.

As your body loses more fluid than you take in, and high temperatures cause sweat glands to overwork, dehydration sets in. Dehydration can lead to decreased brain function, heat exhaustion or even a stroke. Some of the symptoms that you could experience with heat exhaustion include muscle cramps, heavy sweating, pale or cold skin, weakness/confusion, dizziness, headaches, nausea or vomiting, increased heartbeat, and dark colored urine.

Heat exhaustion and strokes can be prevented. Try to stay indoors when the temperature and heat index are high. However, if you have to be outside, then wear lightweight and light colored clothes. Use sunscreen and wear a hat or use an umbrella. One of the best ways to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Stay away from caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, soda, and even alcohol. Take frequent breaks from the heat and outdoor activities.

We hope that you are able to enjoy your summer and stay safe. If you do need some type of physical therapy, please contact us at 501-319-7659 or visit www.gallowaytherapy.com to make an appointment today.

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