It can be healthy to enjoy the sun for awhile, as long as you are properly protected with sunscreen. Everyone to some extent enjoys some outdoor activity such as swimming, walking, or hiking. However, too much sun could cause heat exhaustion.
In the worst-case scenario you can experience a heat stroke. This condition is usually characterized by red and flushed skin, excess sweating, and extreme body temperatures (up to 106°F).
Rapid heartbeat, headache, confusion, and seizure could also be the sign that you are having a heat stroke. Shallow and rapid breathing and unconsciousness also are common symptoms of heat stroke.
If you want to prevent or get rid of heat stroke use one or more of these tips:
- Get help immediately. If you are already experiencing some of the symptoms of heat strokes as described in this article’s instruction, call 911 or local emergency number right away! This is very important because heat stroke can be fast. While getting treated, you should also follow your doctor’s advice as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of water. Plain water is best, but you could also benefit from certain types of sports drinks for replenishment of body electrolytes. If you choose to drink vitamin or mineral water you should try to find one without an sugar in it because this will most keep your body hydrated. Avoid drinking sodas or other beverages with too much sodium or caffeine, too.
- Keep yourself cool. One way to do this is by bathing in a cool pool or bath of water. You could also take an ice pack or cold towel and place it on your forehead or the back of your neck. This will help keep you cool. Another way to remain cool is stand in front of the fan when you are sweating or get a spray bottle and fill it with cool water to mist on you. You could also dampen a bed sheet, put it on your bed, and lay on it.
- Wear looser-fit clothing. This will allow air to travel through your body on the hottest days. Light-colored fabrics are better because they reflect sunlight rather than absorb it. If you wear a hat to protect you from the sun, you may have to take it off occasionally if it makes you sweat
- Do yard work and other outdoor activities during cooler times of the day. The sun is usually hottest during the middle of the day, from approximately 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. If you can go out after this, it would be best (unless of course it is winter time). Wear sunscreen as well if you plan to be in the sun for longer than 15 minutes or you may burn.
- Seek shelter or shade. If you notice you are getting tired find a shady area or a sheltered area to sit under, or in. Parts and pools may have tables with umbrellas or pavilions you could sneak under. Certain outdoor amusement parks might even have an air-conditioned room you can sit in for awhile.