Health: Summer Heat

With the summer months come many things: ice-cream, poolside lounging, and, of course, unbeatable heat. It’s no surprise that the number of deaths due to heatstroke surges during the summer. Heatstroke, a physical illness brought on by prolonged exposure to high temperatures, is a characterized by the fatigue, fever, and headache that it causes its victims.  Although heatstroke can happen to anyone, those most highly susceptible to an attack are elders and children. During a stroke, one’s body temperature can rise almost ten degrees in ten minutes, dangerous numbers that, predictably, can lead to death if the stroke is not treated immediately. Thankfully, measures can be taken to prevent a heatstroke from happening. It is recommended to avoid any strenuous outdoor physical activity between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and to drink water every thirty minutes to avoid dehydration. Remember, kids — although the summer sun is a lot of fun, it can be dangerous.



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