As lovely as it is to have the sun in the sky, extreme heat can cause some serious illness to all members of your family, with those most at risk include older people, very young children and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Being exposed to high temperatures for a long period can lead to serious health risks, here are some of the most common heat-related illnesses and symptoms to spot them: -
This is when you get cramping usually in the abdomen, arms and calf’s areas and is when the muscle spasms as a result of dehydration and loss of loss of large amount of salt in the body.
Also, sometimes known as prickly heat, is when small, red, itchy papules spot like marks appear on your skin, as the body is exposed to really hot and humid conditions. Anyone can get this although babies and children under 4 are more prone to heat rash.
This is when your body has too much salt and not enough water due to dehydration and results in swelling, usually in the ankles.
This is when you are very tired, weak and possibly collapse / lose consciousness, due to exposure to excessive or unaccustomed heat and is sometimes accompanied by dehydration. You can also have symptoms of excessive thirst, vomiting and headaches. If not treated, heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke.
This is essentially when your body overheats, typically due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures or physical exertion in high temperatures and is the most serious of all heat related illnesses. The symptoms can include things like confusion, disorientation, convulsions, unconsciousness, hot dry skin and extremely high body temperature over 40ºC for a continued length of time. Ultimately this condition can be fatal and therefore Emergency medical treatment has to be sort.
All these conditions can be prevented and treated and here are a few top tips on how to keep safe in Extreme Hot Weather: -
It goes without saying that if anyone feels unwell or starts to display any symptoms you should contact your doctor for them to medically assess and treat.