With summer weather in full swing, hot temperatures and high humidity can wreak havoc on your body.
When the temperature and/or humidity is high here are some tips to keep in mind:
Wear light clothing.
When you are outdoors, take shelter under a parasol or wear a wide-brimmed, well-ventilated hat.
Apply sunscreen to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Limit physical activity, especially in the middle of the day, when it is hottest.
Drink plenty of water (6 to 8 glasses of water a day for an adult).
Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Spend at least 2 hours a day in a cool air-conditioned place.
Take at least one cool shower or bath daily or refresh your skin with a wet towel several times a day.
Close the curtains and blinds to keep your house cool.
Open all windows in the evening, if it is cooler outside.
Seek medical attention of you experience any of the following:
Swollen hands, feet and ankles
Apparition of small red pimples (heat rash) on your skin
Unusual fatigue or exhaustion
Less frequent need to urinate
Rapid pulse and breathing