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Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Picks - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant —Ken Long, Wilm­ing­ton, N.C.

Say I’ve been ac­tive out­doors on an ex­tremely hot day, and I take a shower af­ter­ward. When I fin­ish, I have three choices: (1) Briefly run the wa­ter hot­ter to open my pores, (2) run it colder to close them or (3) just step out and dry off. Which ac­tion is best to bring down my core tem­per­a­ture? Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, pores do not open or close, so you can do what­ever makes you feel most com­fort­able. One note of cau­tion: Some peo­ple say that in hot weather you should take a hot shower (not just briefly run the wa­ter hot­ter) to cool off a hot body. This is worse than wrong: It may raise your body tem­per­a­ture dan­ger­ously high.

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