With temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and nearly endless sunshine, Las Vegas residents experience a high rate of heat exhaustion when summer arrives. Elderly individuals and children are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but anyone can become overwhelmed by the heat by spending too much time outdoors or neglecting to stay hydrated. Along with drinking plenty of water and sticking to indoor recreation , you might follow these guidelines to reduce your chances of heat-related illness that could send you to the emergency room.
Acclimate to the heat
If you do prefer to spend more time outdoors in the summer, you will want to get your body used to the heat by spending shorter periods of time outside, gradually increasing your level of activity and time in the heat. This will help you adjust to your needs in terms of hydration and rest so that you do not push yourself too hard when temperatures are high . Avoiding the outdoors during the peak hours of noon and 4 p.m. where possible will also help minimize your heat exposure.
Use sunscreen to prevent burns
When you have a sunburn, your body actually loses its ability to rid itself of excess heat. Therefore, sunscreen and protective clothing are necessities for spending time under the sun.
Wear loose fitting clothing
Loose, lightweight clothing will be best for keeping the body at an ideal temperature, since sweat can still evaporate and cool down your skin when clothing is not skin-tight. Lighter colors are ideal, since they reflect more light and reduce excess heat on your body.
Know your prescription medications
Certain medications might inhibit how your body regulates its temperature, so you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of this side effect with the prescription medications that you take.
If you do suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion this summer, you can rely on MountainView Hospital for emergency care with low wait times and 42 private ER rooms. When you are uncertain whether emergency medical attention is needed for heat illness, call (702) 233-5300 anytime to speak with one of our registered nurses.