Dr. Steven Salzman , a trauma surgeon at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn , agreed that a little common sense can go a long way in dealing with excessive heat
My first suggestion would be that if you don't have to go out in the extreme heat , don't , Salzman
said.But if you do , use some precautions..He
suggested drinking lots of water both before and during physical activities , since the body can sweat out up to 2½ quarts per hour.Salzman said heat is the third-leading cause of death among high school athletes , ranking only behind head and neck injuries and heart problems
High school athletes in Illinois have not begun practice for fall sports yet.But the heat-related death Wednesday of Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer served as a reminder of the dangers of physical activity in extremely hot weather.Salzman
said people should avoid outside activities whenever possible , especially between peak sunlight hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m..
But for many construction workers , working that part of the day can't be avoided.
said people should also avoid alcohol and caffeine , especially after strenuous activities.He
said alcohol impairs the body's ability to sweat and causes further dehydration , while caffeine works as a diuretic.
After a strenuous activity , you don't want to come into the house and pop open a cold beer , Salzman
said.The alcohol actually will cause further dehydration..He
said even sunbathing can lead to a potential deadly situation.
You're laying around in the sun and heat and you fall asleep , Salzman
said.You start to sweat while you're laying there , and you lose a lot of fluid..He
said people who have to be outside should continuously rehydrate themselves , making sure they have adequate supplies of water in their bodies.Salzman
said the first signs that someone is experiencing heat exhaustion are weakness , excessive thirst and profuse sweating , which is the body's way of cooling itself internally.