Summer is the perfect time to stay outside and enjoy the weather. However, summer activities bring with them additional risks to your health. A little prevention goes a long way to keep you and your loved ones safe in the sun this summer.
With our year-round outdoor lifestyle, South Africans are aware of the importance of wearing sunscreen when outside. The summer sun is even more dangerous. And we tend to sweat and/or swim our SPF off. Reapplication is the number one tip to avoid the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
Prevent Heat Stroke
Untreated heat exhaustion (when your body becomes so overwhelmed by the heat that its sweat response ceases) can lead to heat stroke. Heatstroke affects the neurological system, causing confusion and other mental changes. Heat stroke occurs when your body’s core temperature rises. Just like a fever, the high temperature can lead to seizures or even a coma, and permanent damage.
Because heat stroke is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition, you should stop your activity and cool your body at the first signs of heat exhaustion. Drink cold fluids and stay in the shade or a cool room to prevent heat stroke. Athletes, young children and the elderly are particularly prone to heat exhaustion and other heat illnesses.
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