Beat hyperthermia this summer
Just like hypothermia, hyperthermia can create severe health problems for anyone on the water. Whether you are lounging at the pool, fishing offshore, sailing along the coast or working on your boat, the sun and humidity can be life-threatening if you aren’t paying attention.
Hyperthermia, or abnormally elevated body temperature, can be caused from overexposure to the heat or overexertion in excessive temperatures.
Signs of hyperthermia
- Dry tongue and mouth
- Muscle cramps
- Mental dullness
- Rapid pulse
These symptoms can eventually progress to unconsciousness and even death.
5 steps to beat the heat
- Drink plenty of water. You can also drink electrolyte replacement drinks in moderation.
- Limit alcohol. Alcohol tends to dehydrate, not rehydrate.
- Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing and a light-colored hat with a large brim to provide protection from the sun.
- Get out of the elements for a while under an umbrella or bimini, in an air-conditioned area, or under a shade tree.
- Try a cooling neck wrap. Tie one of these innovative chillers around your neck and cool off without getting your clothes dripping wet.
–Capt. Beth Schwab
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