Counteracting The Heat


It appears that this week’s weather is above 100 in Fahrenheit. For today’s story, we will be diving into the negative effects of overheating, and how to counteract them.

The Cause/Symptoms of Overheating:

There are a few ways one can overheat. One may find themselves becoming overheated due to their lack of hydration. Not drinking enough water and staying in the heat for a long period of time can cause a person to fall victim to dehydration. Research says that the symptoms of overheating are:

  • Sudden dizziness
  • Thirstiness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cramps in your abdomen, arms, or legs
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in your ankles
  • Lack of coordination
  • Cold, clammy skin

People suffer from illnesses like heat stress, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. All these possible effects just from simply being in the sun sound very awful now, don’t they? Fortunately, for us, there are ways you can make sure that you won’t end up this way.

Ways to Prevent Overheating Like Symptoms:

There are many strategies one can use to prevent themselves from overheating. One way is to make sure you are frequently drinking water. Having at least a gallon a day can counteract most of the side effects. Another way, skin wise, is applying sunscreen. Having sunscreen on while out in the heat can help support your skin. Make sure that you are applying it every couple of hours so you don’t get sunburns, or even worse, blisters. Lastly, you can simply stay in the shade. To avoid the sweat and exhausting weather, it is suggested that you should find a nearby tree to be underneath. When doing so, your body is given a moment to cool down.