Pre­vent­ing heat re­lated ill­ness

The Standard Journal - - Lifestyle -

July has ar­rived in Polk County and the tem­per­a­tures con­tinue to reach into the up­per 80s and lower 90s.

It is the time of year when many people are out­side en­joy­ing their “mo­ments of fun in the sun.” This can also be a time when more in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer heat re­lated ill­ness.

The best de­fense is preven­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters From Dis­ease Con­trol and na­tional health pro­fes­sion­als. Rec­om­men­da­tions are: • Drink more flu­ids (non­al­co­holic), re­gard­less of your ac­tiv­ity level. Don’t wait un­til you’re thirsty to drink. Warn­ing: If your doc­tor gen­er­ally lim­its the amount of fluid you drink or has you on wa­ter pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

• Don’t drink liq­uids that con­tain al­co­hol or large amounts of su­gar– these ac­tu­ally cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, be­cause they can cause stomach cramps.

• Stay in­doors and, if at all pos­si­ble, stay in an air-con­di­tioned place. If your home does not have air con­di­tion­ing, go to the shop­ping mall or pub­lic li­brary–even a few hours spent in air con­di­tion­ing can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your lo­cal health depart­ment to see if there are any heat-re­lief shel­ters in your area.

• Elec­tric fans may pro­vide com­fort, but when the tem­per­a­ture is in the high 90s, fans will not pre­vent heat-re­lated ill­ness. Tak­ing a cool shower or bath, or mov­ing to an air-con­di­tioned place is a much bet­ter way to cool off.

• Wear light­weight, light-colored, loose-fit­ting cloth­ing.

• Never leave any­one in a closed, parked ve­hi­cle.

Al­though any one at any time can suf­fer from heat-re­lated ill­ness, some people are at greater risk than oth­ers. Check reg­u­larly on:

In­fants and young chil­dren

People who have a men­tal ill­ness

Those who are phys­i­cally ill, es­pe­cially with heart dis­ease or high blood pres­sure

If you must be out in the heat:

• Limit your out­door ac­tiv­ity to morn­ing and evening hours.

• Cut down on ex­er­cise. If you must ex­er­cise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non­al­co­holic flu­ids each hour.

Euharlee Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety (EVHS) is plan­ning a Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Ser­vice at his­toric Van Wert Church and Ceme­tery. The event be­gins at 10 a.m. Satur­day, Oct. 11. Soldiers buried in the ceme­tery will be hon­ored. The pro­gram will also in­clude...

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