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Beating the Heat

July 01, 2011

When the weather turns hot, hot, hot this summer, don’t let the high   temperatures get the best of you.

Dr. John Santoro, vice chair, Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, suggests these easy to follow, but important hot weather tips to keep you safe and healthy this summer.

  • Stay out of direct sunlight and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Postpone athletic activity during periods of high heat and humidity.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat when outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of liquids - begin drinking before you go outside and, if exercising, drink one quart of liquid an hour to replace lost fluid.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

“The very young and very old are at particularly high risk in hot weather because both have the least ability to regulate their body temperatures,” said Dr. Santoro, whose job as a physician educator also involves prevention.

Dr. Santoro said warning signs of an oncoming heat-related illness include: excessive sweating, leg cramps, flushed skin, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, headache and rapid pulse.

If these symptoms occur, get out of the heat and drink liquids. If you don’t feel better soon, call your doctor or visit your local emergency department, noted

Dr. Santoro, who is also an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine for Tufts University School of Medicine. Baystate Medical Center, as the Western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine, offers a residency in Emergency Medicine.