Clinic/Patient: 239.529.2255 Development Office: 239.261.6600

121 Goodlette Road North, Naples, FL 34102
Email: info@neighborhoodhealthclinic.org

Dog Days of Sumer

 

By Angie Tabone

 

 

Each year over 300 people die from heat and sun related illnesses in the United States. For Naples, it is not uncommon for daily temperatures to reach over 90 degrees during the month of August, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses for many residents including the Clinic’s patients. Along with the elderly and those who work outdoors, certain medical conditions and medications that also increase the risk. These are some of the symptoms of heat illnesses:

  • Sever cramps
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Delirium
  • Dizziness
  • Hot flushed skin
  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Cold clammy skin

The best way to avoid sun and heat related complications is to remain indoors with an air conditioner during the hottest part of the day. Yet, for many who utilize the Neighborhood Health Clinic services this is realistically and economically not possible. For individuals that cannot avoid being outdoors, the Clinic encourages these following suggestions:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Take it slow
  • Find shade while engaged in outdoor activities
  • Eat lighter meals
  • Take breaks
  • Use fans when air conditioning is not readily available

When returning inside from being out in the sun take a cold shower or bath to cool down your core body temperature to prevent overheating. It is also always wise to use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin when working or playing outdoors. Otherwise preventative measures such as wearing light breathable clothing, a hat, and sunglasses will also go a long way to protect you from overheating and sunburn as a result of the sun’s harmful rays.