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Summers are getting hotter

Summers are getting hotter and some regions in Canada are facing heat waves. This unusual weather can have negative impact on the health.

Health Risks:

Our body produces heat, especially during physical activity like walking, running or doing any work. Weather plays a big role in regulating the temperature of our body. Heat-illness can mainly be caused by being over-exposed to extreme heat especially if a person is over doing too much ass per their age and physical condition. Heat illnesses include:

  • heat edema (swelling of hands, feet, and ankles)

  • heat rash

  • heat cramps (muscle cramps)

  • heat fainting

  • heat exhaustion

  • heat stroke

The extreme heat can cause greater risk for:

  • older adults

  • infants and young children

  • people with chronic illnesses (like breathing problems, mental illness, and heart problems)

  • people who work in the heat

  • people who exercise in the heat

  • homeless people

  • low-income earners

If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it increases your health risk in the heat. Some medications can make your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) rays as well. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about your medication.



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