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17/Nov/2019

Halloween has got to be one of our favorite holidays – the weather is getting cooler, friends and family are throwing great parties, and the kids are all dressed up and ready to trick-or-treat! This holiday was practically made for the kids, but we know that as parents, letting the kids run around the neighborhood in masks, asking random neighbors for candy, and carving up pumpkins with sharp knives are not the most comforting thoughts. It’s true that Halloween comes with its own set of risks and potential dangers, but if you’re armed with a few safety tips, your family will have no trouble enjoying this special holiday to the fullest.

Costume Safety

We know that it’s tempting to go for the most elaborate costume in the costume store (who doesn’t want to be Pennywise or Jon Snow?) but if you plan on going around the neighborhood with the kids, pick a costume that is less involved – you don’t want to be a walking safety hazard! Some good things to keep in mind when selecting a safe costume are:

Avoid masks that can obstruct your vision, and avoid sharp objects like swords or knives

If you’re going to be out after dark, be sure to have on light-colored clothing, or have reflective surfaces on your outfit

Always buy non-toxic makeup to avoid irritating your skin

Remove all makeup from yourself and the kids before going to bed to prevent eye and skin irritation

Trick-or-Treating Tips

It should go without saying that if you’re going to let the younger kids out to hunt for candy, be sure that they always have a responsible adult with them. Review routes with older kids who might be going alone or with friends and agree on a specific time to return home. Only travel in familiar, well-lit areas and make sure the children know never to enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. If you plan on inspecting the candy loot, be sure to instruct your kids not to dig into their stash until they return home. It’s also worth mentioning here that if you plan on driving during prime trick-or-treating hours, be extra aware of children on neighborhood roadways.

Candy Safety

There are a lot of concerns to consider when sifting through a pile of Halloween candy – are there sharp objects in here? What if my child is allergic to something? Is there such a thing as “healthy” candy? When in doubt, here are some good rules of thumb:

If you’re concerned about allergies, most likely other parents are too. Play it safe and choose allergy-friendly treat options

Only consume candy that has not been opened and still has the factory seal intact

Throw away any candy that has been opened or tampered with

With these tips in mind, the most important thing to remember now is to have fun! Have a safe, fun, spooky, and happy Halloween!

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17/Nov/2019

It seems like vape pens are everywhere in today’s society. You see people walking down the street, sitting in a restaurant, maybe even in school, all followed by large puffs of white smoke. Vaping is extremely common, and up until recently, totally acceptable to do almost anywhere other than an airplane. People have been convinced that using an electronic cigarette, or vape pen, is healthier for you than smoking real cigarettes, and might even be helpful in helping someone quit, but science is finding that the truth about vaping is just the opposite – vaping can be extremely detrimental to your lung health, sometimes even more so than real cigarettes.

Health Effects

It’s common knowledge that smoking in any form or fashion is going to be detrimental to your health, but there are certain health aspects you should know when reaching for a vape pen:

Vaping has been linked to 530 cases of lung injury and 7 confirmed deaths in the U.S.

Smoking nicotine results in 9 out of 10 all lung cancer deaths and more women die each year of lung cancer than from breast cancer

A smoker’s risk of lung cancer increases by 25 times in men, and 25.7 times in women

Smoking causes lung disease by damaging the airway and the small air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs

Other lung diseases caused by smoking include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and COPD

Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die of COPD than non-smokers

People with asthma can have more frequent and more severe attacks triggered by vaping

General symptoms of deteriorating lung health include coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing, and fatigue

Secondhand smoke is another major issue for the community, as vaping is currently allowed in most public spaces. With a large majority of the people who vape being high school and middle school students, the danger of secondhand vape smoke is rising among those demographics. Secondhand smoke can cause many of the same side effects that smoking cigarettes can, leading to trouble breathing, illness, cancer, and even death. These effects are amplified by the ultra-fine aerosol particles found in smoke that comes from vaping.

State governments are now taking action against vape pen companies by cracking down on the sale and distribution of these products, but the only way to protect yourself from the adverse health effects of vape pens is to never pick them up. Your lungs will thank you!

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17/Nov/2019

Hurricane season can be a scary time in Texas. Even though Laredo is not directly on the gulf coast, we have still felt the effects of storms like Hurricane Harvey. Flooding from rain saturating the ground and filling the Rio Grande River can be frightening and devastating, leaving people in Laredo and surrounding areas without power, or even without their homes. Severe weather events can make us all feel helpless, but there are steps you can take before, during, and after a storm to not only help prevent home and property damage but also make the recovery process a little easier for you and your family.

Storm Preparedness

The first step is to prepare when there is not a weather emergency on the horizon. Take steps to educate yourself and know your area’s risk for severe weather and flooding. Laredo Weather is prone to almost every extreme weather situation (other than snow), so it’s important to be prepared for thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes that can bring large amounts of rain, strong winds, and damaging hail. Watch for any warning signs and be aware if you are in an area that is at risk for flash flooding. Depending on your location, it’s good to be aware of evacuation routes. Create a plan with your family or loved ones in advance of severe weather arriving so that everyone knows what to do and where to go should the worst-case scenario take place. If there is a significant threat looming, be sure to stock up on emergency necessities like water, food, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies.

During the Storm

This might seem like a no-brainer, but try to stay indoors during a storm. If the power goes out, try to avoid using candles and opt for flashlights instead. Avoid going outside unless absolutely necessary. If you are caught outside, try to find high ground to hunker down. Floodwaters can be contaminated with sewage or contain wildlife from the river, so do not try to walk or play in them.

After the Storm

The most challenging aspect of storm recovery can be what happens after the storm is over. If your house has flooded, or has even taken on just a small amount of water, it’s important to act quickly to prevent mold from forming. When it comes to flood cleanup, you will need to:

Throw away all materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned. Be sure to take photos of all of your damaged property for insurance purposes.

Wash all curtains, rugs, clothing, bedding, and upholstery with at minimum soap and water, but use bleach wherever possible.

Dry all of your flooded areas thoroughly. Any area of your home that stays wet for more than 48 hours can grow mold. It’s best to throw away anything that cannot be dried completely. Run your kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems to keep air flowing through the house.

If your house has sustained a significant amount of flooding, hire a professional to help you clean up. Surfaces like drywall and insulation can be tough to properly remove once they are overrun with mold and can end up making you and your family sick.

It’s impossible to control the weather, and mother nature has thrown us some rough storms in recent years, but hopefully, with these tips, you will be better prepared for when the worst-case scenario comes around again.

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17/Nov/2019

We all know that trying to live a healthy lifestyle day in and day out can be difficult. You’re supposed to keep track of your calories, your sleep, and your steps on top of working out, meal prepping, and making sure you’re not eating junk – we’re exhausted just typing it all out! Thankfully, we live in a day and age that there is an app or a gadget for just about everything, and lately, there have been more than a few technological devices aimed at helping you maintain your health that has popped up. Here are some of the best health gadgets you can stock up on this Black Friday for yourself, or the health nut in your life:

PainPod

Chances are you probably know someone in your life that suffers from chronic pain if you don’t suffer from it yourself. The PainPod is a wearable gadget that is a safe substitute for painkillers that is powered by microcurrents and biomedical technology that is able to understand the body’s nervous and electrical systems and work to manage pain, improve muscle performance, and speed up recovery! All you have to do is stick it on the area that is in pain and the Pod goes to work! If this isn’t the future of healing, we don’t know what is.

Phillips Centrifugal Juicer

Are you getting enough fiber? Would you even know where to start if you weren’t? A good juicer can take the guessing out for you; welcome the Phillips Juicer! This gift comes complete with FiberBoost technology, which will allow you to switch the texture of your juice. The creamier the juice, the more the fiber (up to 50% more). This juicer is also super easy to clean, making it more likely for you to actually use it and not leave it on your kitchen shelf!

Nokia Thermo

Getting your temperature taken has never been easier. With the Nokia Thermo, all that’s necessary to get an accurate reading is to swipe the Thermo across your forehead and the device reads your temperature from your temporal artery.

Apple Watch

When Apple set out to change the face of personal technology, we don’t know if they had your workouts in mind, but they certainly have changed the way we track our physical activity. The Apple Watch is so high-tech, it can track your calories burned based on the type of workout you’re doing, your heart rate, age, and weight. Doing high-intensity interval training? Apple knows. Swimming a few laps in an outdoor pool? Apple knows! It also has the ability to keep track of your activity day after day, year over year, sending you motivating and encouraging messages to “close your rings!” along the way. Just slap on your watch and literally watch the burned calories add up!

While no device can make you healthy by itself, having high-tech toys to help you along the way can provide motivation. So, after stocking up on these gadgets, let there be no more excuses – get out and get moving!

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17/Nov/2019

Here’s the good news: the rate at which American men are getting prostate cancer has been undergoing a fairly steady (and significant) decline for years  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the bad news is that prostate cancer is still the second most common cancer in American men. This makes having a basic understanding about the disease, as well as your personal risk factors for getting it, as important as ever for men.

The prostate sits just below a man’s bladder, in front of the rectum, and surrounds the urethra. While its normal size is about that of a marble, it tends to grow as a man advances in age, which can put pressure along the urethra, affecting the flow of urine. Enlarging of the prostate is a relatively common occurrence, but, unfortunately, the symptoms of prostate cancer can be mistaken for the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Therefore, it’s critical to see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A frequent urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Difficulty controlling the flow of urine
  • A weak, interrupted urine flow
  • Pain during urination or ejaculation
  • Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Pain or pressure in the rectum, lower back, hips, or thighs

Again, the problem with this list of symptoms is that it is eerily similar to those of other conditions, such as an enlarged prostate – which causes many men a great deal of discomfort, but for which many men may also procrastinate seeking treatment… a delay that can be deadly when we’re talking about something as serious as cancer.

(By the way, at Laredo Emergency Room, we do treat men who have experienced medical emergencies associated with enlarged prostates, and we can tell you that seeing your doctor sooner rather than later is best, even if you don’t suspect cancer as the culprit.)

 

When the above symptoms indicate the presence of cancerous tumors, it usually means the cancer is more advanced and more difficult to treat. That means screenings are essential to your men’s health routine – and can find the cancer before you experience significant symptoms. Laredo Emergency Room physicians advise our patients without symptoms to have prostate screening done yearly beginning at age 40 if you have a family history of prostate cancer, age 45 if you are African American, and by age 50 for everyone else.

 

To be screened for prostate cancer, you need only have a simple blood test called a PSA test, which measures the level of protein produced by the prostate. Some physicians will conduct a rectal exam in addition to a PSA test. Elevated PSA levels may prompt your doctor to ask you to undergo further testing.

 

When screening is this easy, it’s hard to understand why so many men put it off … so Laredo Emergency Room urges you to take control of your health and talk to your doctor – especially if you have any symptoms. Taking a little bit of time out of your busy schedule once a year as your doctor recommends can save your life.

 

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17/Nov/2019

 

Studies have proven a link between nutrition and school performance -better nutrition yields better learners.  When students engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as poor dietary habits, substance abuse, and lack of physical activity, their school performance suffers.

With the frenzied pace that usually accompanies a new academic year, however, it’s easy to choose speed and convenience over nutrition.  Students often try to squeeze eating in between activities such as classes, extra-curricular activities, sports practices, homework, and after-school jobs – making it easier to opt for fast food and vending machines. However, with a little bit of planning, we can shape better habits that will improve nutrition and learning. Here are five tips you should keep in mind:

1.) An extra five or ten minutes of sleep may sound good, but arranging for enough time every morning to sit down to a nutritious breakfast can really pay off.  So, skip the donuts and sugary cereals and choose high-fiber whole grains and protein. One of the best choices is old fashioned oatmeal, which can be made quickly and topped with fruit and almonds. Whole wheat toast and an egg can be a healthy choice, too. Keeping hardboiled eggs in the fridge and ready to go makes them a fast, on-the-go power breakfast. If you’re concerned about the fat content of eggs, just skip the yolks – they are easily removed from hard-boiled eggs and also can be separated from the whites before cooking other egg preparations.

2.) Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have long been heralded by nutritionists as a superior brain food, and though fish consumption is on the rise, Americans still eat far too little. And that’s a shame because eating these kinds of fish can actually reduce our risk for dementia and mental decline and can enhance our memory.  While salmon and trout are some of the best choices, tuna can also make a great choice for a healthy school lunch. Simply grab some whole wheat crackers and a package of water-packed tuna for a great start to a brain-healthy lunch – or mix some in with ready-to-eat salad greens.

3.) A small number of nuts or seeds, like walnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds, along with dark chocolate, can actually make a healthy snack – and it tastes great, too! They have powerful antioxidant qualities, which help with cognition. Plus, the small amount of caffeine in chocolate can give you a little boost of concentration when you need it. Just don’t overdo it: keep these snacks to one ounce per day.

4.) Trade white for wheat everywhere you can. It’s just as easy to make lunches from a sandwich on whole wheat bread instead of white bread, and many breakfast cereals boast whole grains, too (but be sure to read labels and look for choices high in fiber). Make a big batch of whole-wheat pasta salad with veggies, herbs, and olive oil to have on hand in pre-portioned containers for healthy, convenient lunches.

5.)Berries are another great way to add a sweet flavor without feeling guilty. Blueberries and other berries can help with memory due to their antioxidants. Berries also are high in fiber. They’re easy to toss into a reusable container for a healthy morning snack between classes.

 

We know that these changes may seem big, but they can be really easy to incorporate into your daily habits if you just give it a try. And if you still feel that you’re not getting enough nutrition from your diet, ask your doctor about a vitamin and mineral supplement.

 

 

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17/Nov/2019

Each August, as we transition from summer to a new academic year, a shift in our daily routines is just one of the significant changes we undertake. One of these changes is that of our sleep schedules. During the summer months, sleep cycles for many people become distofdfdrted, causing us to go to bed later, wake up earlier, and get less rest than what can ideally sustain our bodies in the coming seasons. By getting less than the recommended amount of sleep, we are wreaking havoc on our internal clocks at a pivoted point in the year!

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep as we adjust to a new routine is really important – and not just to prevent us from dozing off in class or other activities. Not getting enough sleep may also lead to a number of serious health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, depression, substance abuse, and even heart problems such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and stroke. Inadequate sleep is also a factor in what the Centers for Disease Control estimates as 6,000 fatalities are caused by drowsiness each year.

In addition to helping us avoid all these pitfalls, getting adequate sleep actually helps us become better learners – improving attention, alertness, and even our problem-solving skills. Plus, getting the proper amount of sleep can lower our stress levels, improve mood, and enhance physical coordination.

All this means that taking a few simple steps to get our sleep schedules back on track for the start of the school year is totally worth it, especially since most students in middle school and high school don’t get enough sleep on school nights. While adults can thrive on 7-8 hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, elementary and middle school students need 9-12 hours per night, and teens need 8-10 hours each night. Here are a few pointers that can help:

– Start gradually. About a week or two before a major change in schedule is expected, begin to adjust bedtimes and wake times by about 15-30 minutes a day toward your optimum weekday schedule.

– Be diligent. While it might feel good to hit the snooze button a few times each morning, sticking with your plan to adjust your sleep cycle will be worth it in the end.

– Do it together. Have the entire household participate, not only to keep each other accountable, but also to let everyone reap the benefits of better sleep.

– Observe. As you begin to adjust your sleep schedule, take note of how you feel throughout the days and whether it gets easier each day to wake up.

– Use technology. Fitness gadgets and apps can help track your sleep duration and quality.

One more extra step you can take is to join the campaign for sleep. School districts across the country are beginning to see the value in later start times for school, especially at the high school level. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine actually recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., arguing that the later start time helps kids get the sleep they need to perform well in school and stay healthy. So, if your school district gets an early start each day and you feel your kids could benefit from a later start time, share your concerns with the district.

 

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17/Nov/2019

Vacation may be one of the most exciting aspects of summer breaks. We enjoy extended time off of work or school, traveling to new or favorite familiar places, eating good food and enjoying time with friends. We certainly look forward to it and we know you do too! But catching the travel bug can also lead to catching foreign illnesses if we aren’t prepared for the health concerns we might face at our destination.

In order to know-before-you-go, let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to ensure you and your family stays healthy before, during and after your trip.

Pre-trip

– Investigate health concerns at your destination – Many destinations in the US and abroad pose unknown health risks. Zika, measles outbreaks and damage caused by hurricanes are some of the most common issues that travelers will face this summer. Research the potential risks for your destination by checking the CDC’s destination list.

– Create a travel health kit – Prescription and over the counter medicines are easy to remember to throw in your toiletries bag, but a great way to prepare for small, unexpected issues is to put together a travel health kit. The kit should include not only your medicines, but also first aid supplies, sunscreen, bug spray, and your health insurance card.

– Expect the unexpected – Have copies of your passport, credit cards, health insurance cards and contact information to leave for a trusted family member or friend in case they get lost during your travels. If you’re traveling to another country, find out if your insurance plan covers medical costs abroad.

 

During Your Stay

– Be conscious of what you’re eating and drinking – There’s nothing worse than having a full day of activities planned canceled because you came down with food poisoning. Pay close attention to the freshness of seafood and meats. If you’re venturing to Latin America, be sure to drink bottled water instead of water from a tap.

– Protect yourself from extreme temperatures – Hot or cold, the elements can do damage to your body. Always wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher in the sun, and wear protective gear that covers your head, hands, and feet in colder climates.

– Always wear your seatbelt – Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries? Some general guidelines for choosing transportation in a foreign country are to only ride in marked taxis, be alert when crossing the street (especially in countries where drivers are on the left), and avoid over-crowded or top heavy modes of transportation.

 

Post-Trip

– Pay attention to how you feel – Travel-related illnesses may not present themselves until after you are home. Even if you felt fine when you got back, if you start feeling sick over the next few days, it may be time to see a doctor. Post trip symptoms that warrant a doctor’s visit can be fever, persistent diarrhea, or skin issues such as rashes, boils, or bug bites.

– Boost your vitamin C intake – Give your immune system some help in recovery by eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. Broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and strawberries are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Health supplements like Airborne and Emergen-C have also shown to improve immune system function.

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17/Nov/2019

Being healthy does not only mean taking care of yourself physically, it also means taking care of yourself mentally. Do you ever get the feeling that you’re stressed out ALL of the time? You work 8+ hours a day, the kids need taking care of, the ins and outs of everyday life are dragging you down faster than you realize and trying to be healthy can take a back seat to managing the hassles.

 

It’s time to start thinking of the big picture of your health including mental health! When life starts to slow down over the summer and school break is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to start taking care of YOU. Here are 7 simple things you can do to give yourself the boost you deserve:

 

– Switching up your workouts – With the days getting brighter earlier, add walking or biking first thing in the morning to your daily routine! Either with a friend or by yourself, the combination of a fresh experience with physical activity is sure to give your mood a boost.

– Cleaning the house – Focus 5 to 10 minutes of your day cleaning or reorganizing the part of the house that you spend the most time in. Even just small amount of cleaning can help you feel like your life is less cluttered, helping lower the opportunity for anxiety and depression to creep in.

– Freshen up your summer wardrobe – New sunglasses? New beach bag or bathing suit? Go for it! Treating yourself with summer themed items will help you get in the carefree attitude. They don’t call it retail therapy for nothing!

– Plan a vacation – Summer is all about rest and relaxation, and the best way to do that is to get out of town (or just out of the house). Whether you’re taking a trip abroad or having a night at a hotel downtown, vacations can help you hit the reset button. See a new show, try some new food, get out and discover new places! New experiences equal new knowledge, and expanding your mind is an important aspect of maintaining mental health.

– Get some sun – Hey sunshine, it’s time to open up those blinds! When you wake up in the morning, walk over and pull the curtains open. It sounds like a no-brainer, but studies have shown that more sunlight can boost your happiness and energy levels!

– Do some summer reading – Whatever your preferred genre is – biographies, murder mystery, sci-fi or romance – indulging in a good read can be a much-needed daily escape! On the beach, on a park bench, in the backyard or just on the sofa, pick a few interesting titles and lose yourself.

– Make time for naps or meditation – Nothing restores your state of mind quite like a power nap. Take 20 minutes every day to lay down, or just be still and breathe. Sleep or focus on positive things in your life or the goals you’re trying to accomplish that day/week. A little daily time of being centered can manifest health benefits over longer periods of time!

 

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17/Nov/2019

We all know that the month of July is a time for fun in the sun! Many of us are flocking to vacations, pool parties, camping trips and sporting events that will occupy a large part of our time during the warmer months. These activities can be exciting, but they can often take a dangerous turn if we are not thinking about our exposure to the elements – Heat Exhaustion can strike without notice or warning, and quickly turn to the more deadly Heatstroke without treatment.

The CDC tells us that heat-related illness kills up to 600 people every year in the US alone, but we can easily avoided it if we can recognize the risk. Obvious risk factors like time of day and activity level do play a major role in the onset of heat-related illnesses, but there are other contributors that may not be as easily noticeable. Some important factors to recognize are:

1.)Using prescription medication – The elderly are especially susceptible to heat-related illness due in large part to the use of medications that are used to treat heart conditions, blood pressure or urinary problems. If you are out and about on a hot day with your grandparents or other older friends, be sure that they are properly hydrated, shaded and have frequent breaks from activity.

2.)Alcohol use – It’s safe to say that people who are on vacation or at a backyard party are usually not thinking about the risk of sun exposure as their first concern, especially once someone has had a few drinks, protection from the sun may be an afterthought. For those times this summer when the only thing on your mind is having a good time, be sure that sunscreen, shade, and hydration come first!

3.)Being overweight or obese – anyone carrying more weight can be prone to overheating quickly. As the body is expending more energy to move, it also cannot process the heat it’s taking on through thicker bodily layers. This combination can be a fast track to heat-induced issues for people who are overweight.

We know that recognizing risk factors is half the battle when it comes to fighting heat-related illness, but the other half is being able to identify heat exhaustion and heatstroke in time to avoid permanent physical consequences.

 

Heat Exhaustion

 

Heat Exhaustion can be thought of as the precursor to Heatstroke, and though it is less serious, treatment should be rendered immediately if you see someone displaying symptoms.  Identifiable symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

  • Muscle cramping
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Headache

 

The best treatment for Heat Exhaustion is to help that person to cool themselves and lower their body temperature. A person suffering from mild Heat Exhaustion can recover if they take the steps rest and thoroughly rehydrate – move into the shade, remove excess clothing, drink water or a sports drink, and run cold water over the skin if it’s available. If the symptoms do not improve within an hour, it’s time to call a doctor.

 

Heatstroke

 

After the stages of Heat Exhaustion progress, we are now dealing with the most dangerous heat-related illness: Heatstroke, and it can be deadly. Heatstroke can cause damage to nearly every major bodily system if not treated immediately. Recognizable symptoms of Heatstroke include:

  • Hot, dry skin (this person is no longer sweating)
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

 

It is vitally important that anyone who is suffering from Heatstroke seek emergency medical attention immediately because as we mentioned before, permanent damage to the body and its functions can occur very quickly.

 

The bottom line for fun in the sun: if you’re going to be out in it, be prepared! Pack sunscreen, shady hats, and plenty of fluids. The risk of Heat-related illnesses can definitely be scary, but with awareness and knowledge, you can enjoy your summer fun knowing that you’re ready to handle the heat!

 

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