How Does Heat Affect Health?

Let me begin with a caveat about this article; by saying I am not a medical expert. I have no medical training and what I write about in this article are things I have experienced myself or have researched.

With that caveat out of the way, let’s talk about how heat can affect your health. Most of these are really short team health topics.

Overview

Mankind’s exposure to heat is increasing due to climate change, and this trend will continue. Constant exposure to heat can have a number of harmful effects on the human body, causing heat-related problems.

In order to prevent or minimize these effects, it is very important to make sure that the air in your home or office has an adequate amount of ventilation. You should also be conscious of your body’s reaction to the heat, and if you start feeling faint or dizzy take steps to cool down immediately.

What is the Heat Index?

The Heat Index is a good measuring unit for how hot it actually is outside. It is a combination of air temperature and humidity.

What are the Short-Term Negative Symptoms of Heat?

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness.

Heat can have a major impact on the health of our bodies. It can cause several short-term negative symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness. These are all short-term negative symptoms that will typically go away once the person is in a cool environment.

What are the Long-Term Negative Symptoms of Heat?

There are many long-term negative symptoms of heat exposure. People can suffer many heat related ailments, especially in extreme heat that can come with the summer months. We look at how it affects the human body and some ways to counter it.

There are a number of long-term negative symptoms that can arise from heat exposure. One is an irritability in people with other environmental stresses. 

Second, there is the effects that can have on sleep which includes difficulty in falling asleep, waking up during the night, having nightmares or experiencing insomnia. 

Thirdly, there is the risk for cardiovascular disease which includes high blood pressure and heart attacks but only in those who are already at risk from preexisting conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol levels. 

Fourth, there is the potential risk for skin cancer. This is more to do with exposure to the sun for long periods of time and is not directly related to heat. Getting sunburnt increases your cancer risk – too much UV rays. UV radiation from the sun or sunbeds can damage the DNA in our skin cells which, if enough DNA damage builds up over time, can cause cells to start growing out of control, which can lead to skin cancer

Check out: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/how-does-the-sun-and-uv-cause-cancer

What can We do to Prevent or Minimize Harmful Effects of Heat?

Constant exposure to heat can have a number of harmful effects on the human body, causing heat-related problems.

In order to prevent or minimize these effects, it is very important to make sure that the air in your home or office has an adequate amount of ventilation. You should also be conscious of your body’s reaction to the heat, and if you start feeling faint or dizzy take steps to cool down immediately.

What can I do?

Risk perception of any illness that could happen due to being in the sun too long or heat.

There are two separate items to address. One is to stay away from UV light for extended periods of time – make sure you have sun lotion and protection. Although not directly related to heat – I did mention it in this article.

The other is thinking of ways to cool down if you find yourself getting too hot. You should know how to cool down if you start feeling faint or dizzy.

The easiest way to cool down is to sit in front of a cool breeze and maybe sip a cold drink. Sit and rest in front of an electric fan until you feel your body start to cool down. Sweating is natural as it’s your bodies way of cooling you down too.

If you are in your own home, try taking off a layer of clothes. Maybe take a cool bath. Do what works for you.

It’s all about been sensible when it comes to doing things in hot weather. Personally, I love to sit down and have a couple of fans blowing a nice breeze on me. Why not share what you do below.

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