Beating the Heat This Summer

This summer is really heating up!  While the staff at Resurgens Orthopaedics usually treat conditions having to do with the musculoskeletal system, we also know exactly how hot a Georgia summer can be.  That’s why we’re giving you some tips today to help you stay safe and cool while the weather is warm.

Beating the Heat This Summer

Beware of Heat Exhaustion
Cramps, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke are three issues that can arise from prolonged exposure to high temperatures and humidity.  Symptoms include fatigue, heavy sweating, dizziness, and headache.  Once you start to notice these symptoms, it’s important to get out of the heat immediately before they progress to the heat stroke phase, which can be fatal.  Find some shade or an air-conditioned building, re-hydrate, and if symptoms persist, see a doctor right away.

Stay Hydrated
Speaking of hydration, keeping your body’s supply of water topped off is crucial to preventing heat-related syndromes.  Most doctors agree that you should drink about 2 Liters of water every day; although you may need more if you’re exercising or performing other strenuous activities.  A good rule of thumb is to drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty; by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Beating the Heat This Summer

Get Acclimated to the Heat
If you live or work in a hot environment, or you’re an athlete training for a summer event, some heat conditioning may be in order.  Doing moderate exercises in a hot environment can help your body perform better when it heats up.  Of course, this sort of regime is not for everybody and you should always consult a doctor before attempting any type of heat conditioning.

Whether you like it or not, hot, humid weather is here to stay for the next few months.  Staying hydrated and watching for symptoms of heat stroke are important in the summer, especially among at-risk populations like children, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions.  From all of us at Resurgens Orthopaedics, have fun and stay cool this summer!