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Avoiding Heatstroke

Summer heat can be dangerous. A very high body temperature can damage the brain and other vital organs. Advanced age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool during hot weather. To protect your health when temperatures are very high:

  • Get plenty to drink. Perspiring removes needed salt and minerals from the body. When it’s hot, drink more water and sports drinks. Avoid caffeine.
  • Stay cool indoors. If you don’t have an air conditioner, go to a shopping mall or public building for a few hours.
  • Wear light clothing and sunscreen. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat will help keep your head cool.

If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink, or if you take water pills, ask him or her how much you should drink when the weather is hot.

Source: California Department of Public Health

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