HEAT intolerance, sensitivity to heat or Heatstroke [or sunstroke]
Though our body gets cool itself through sweating in a natural way. During hot weather particularly in high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and develop heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in heat too long, exercising much to your age and physical condition also matter.
↘Heat-related illnesses include
↘Heatstroke ~ a life-threatening illness in which body temperature rises with symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
↘Heat exhaustion ~ an illness that can precede heat stroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
↘Heat cramps ~ muscle pains, spasms that happen during heavy exercise
↘Heat rash ~ skin irritation from excessive sweating
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previews: Heat intolerance is the inability to be comfortable when external temperatures rise.
Considerations: Heat intolerance often produces a feeling of being overheated and can cause heavy sweating, which usually comes on slowly and lasts over the long-term.
Amphetamines such as appetite suppressant
Alcohol or heavy meals
Age related physiological changes
Excess thyroid hormone [thyrotoxicosis]
↘Keep room temperature at a comfortable level
↘Drink more fluids, replenishing salt, minerals and limiting time in the heat can help
↘Light, loose-fitting clothing enhance perspiration to evaporate and cool the body
↘In environments that are not only hot but also humid, it is important to recognize that humidity reduces the degree to which body can lose heat by evaporation. In such environments, it helps to wear light clothing such as cotton in light colors that is pervious to sweat but impervious to radiant heat from sun. This minimizes the gaining of radiant heat, while allowing as much evaporation to occur, as the environment will allow.
↘Clothing such as plastic fabrics that are impermeable to sweat and thus do not help heat loss through evaporation can actually give to heat stress.
A better indicator is the color of urine. A dark yellow color may indicate dehydration. Associated complaints as dizziness, fainting, palpitations, rapid pulse (heart rate), vomiting.
Tests that may be performed include:
Blood studies. Thyroid studies [TSH, T3, free T4]
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