Avoiding Hyperthermia/Overheating In The Summer Heat

Anyone else finding the Sunshine state to be a bit too sunshiney lately? This heat is a bit much! Today, we wanted to talk about overheating/hyperthermia and how to keep yourself safe in these insane daily temperatures. Have questions? Interested in an appointment with Dawn Potter Acupuncture in Clearwater? For any of your needs, simply reach out.


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What Is Hyperthermia?

You have probably heard of “hypothermia” and seen it portrayed in movies, but “hyperthermia” is not a term we often hear. It is basically the opposite, instead of your body being too cold. your body absorbs or generates more heat than it can release, resulting in overheating. Hyperthermia can be used to describe a group of heat illnesses, including: Heat cramps occur when the body loses too many electrolytes, typically in feet, hands, arms and lower legs. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body temperature starts to rise, reaching levels of up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Without addressing it, heat exhaustion can quickly become heat stroke. Heat rashes may occur when you begin to sweat a lot, especially in humid weather. You may notice red pimples/blisters in creases of the body.


Heatstroke is the most severe form of hyperthermia and can life-threatening. Your brain and other organs can become damaged, especially if temperature rises above 106 degrees Fahrenheit.


Avoiding Overheating/Hyperthermia Here are a few tips for when your family decides to enjoy the outdoors during these blistering Clearwater, Florida summers:


  • Do not wear tight or heavy clothing.

  • Drink plenty of fluids (those containing electrolytes can be very helpful).

  • Consume foods that contain a lot of water.

  • Stay in the shade.

  • Limit physical activity.

  • Go outside when it is less hot during the day. Do indoor activities during the worst parts.

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