By Alexandria “Wisteria” Prejido, Staff writer

Summer is definitely the season when you feel the heat all around you. Summer is all about being active outdoors and having fun in the sun. However, being outside for too long can be hazardous to your health.

Heat exhaustion is a mild form of heat-related illness that results from your body overheating. Causes of heat exhaustion include long exposure to high temperatures, especially in combination with high humidity and intense physical activity. People that are most prone to heat exhaustion are the elderly, hypertensive people, and people working or exercising in a hot environment.

If heat exhaustion is left untreated, it can lead to heat stroke, which is the most severe form of heat-related illnesses. You should seek immediate medical attention if it progresses to such a stage.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, muscle cramps and fainting. The skin may be cool and moist and breathing will be fast and shallow. If you are experiencing heat exhaustion, immediately cool off.

Here are ways to prevent heat exhaustion:

1. Wear loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Wearing tight or dark clothing and extra clothes hold in heat and prevents your body from cooling properly.

2. Avoid exercising or engaging in strenuous activities in hot weather. If you must, rest frequently in a cool spot.

3. Keep yourself hydrated. It will help your body regulate your temperature.
So when you’re out having fun in the summer heat, always take these tips to mind. Don’t be a fool, keep yourself cool!

References:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-exhaustion
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heat-exhaustion/DS01046

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