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  •  I'm very heat sensitive (12+ / 0-)

    and I've learned the hard way that by the time you're starting to feel affected by the heat, it's already too late to do anything other than cease all activity and drink lots of fluids, particularly cold ones.

    I hike a lot, and the amount of water we bring on a 4 hour hike in the summer is staggering. I like to freeze a couple of bottles of water and bring them along. That way I can get cold water even for the last part of the hike. (It's mostly melted by then.) Plus, having some ultra cold water around is very useful if someone starts to overheat. I also put a couple of frozen bottles in the car.

    Everyone should know the symptoms of heat stroke and its precursor, heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is characterized by raised body temperature, heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse. Heat stroke usually (but not always) comes after heat exhaustion and is characterized by elevated termperature (over 105 degrees), dry skin/cessation of sweating, a rapid, strong pulse and dizziness/confusion. Either condition can also be accompanied by narrowing vision and sudden weakness.

    With either condition, stop all activity, get to as cool a spot as possible and immediately start drinking cold drinks and applying cool compresses to the head, neck, wrists and trunk of the body. A cool bath is the quickest way to lower body temperature.  

    Heat stroke accompanied by unconsciousness or severe confusion is a medical emergency. The goal in that case is to get the person to the hospital immediately and try to cool them as much as you can on the way.

    By evening’s end, they had melted into an indistinguishable mass of privatizing, tax-cutting opponents of Shariah law. --NYT on 2nd Republican debate

    by wide eyed lib on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 11:20:24 AM PST

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