Recognize the Signs of Heat Stroke Before It's Too Late: Just a short time in the heat can hurt you!

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Recognize the Signs of Heat Stroke Before It's Too Late

By paulgrow
August 15, 2012

Heat stroke is a serious condition that many gardeners are at risk of experiencing, especially during the hot, humid days of summer.

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Name: Cindi
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Aug 15, 2012 12:45 PM CST
"If you are working out in the hot sun all day and forget to bring drinks with you, you are at risk of developing a condition called heat stroke."
It does not take working all day to give a person heat stroke! Heat illness can come about rapidly, especially in humid conditions, especially with people taking medications as common as antihistamines. Anyone who is overweight or elderly or who is not used to being out in the sun can become seriously ill in less than an hour. Our city has had extreme heat this summer, and our local news has been warning people that it does not take strong exertion or extended time out in the sun to bring on heat illnesses. Caffiene, alcohol, heavy meals all add to the risk factors.
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I agree Very good point Cindi, these tips are all good reminders and important warnings. Alcohol is the absolute worst thing to drink when out in the heat, it does not hydrate you, it dehydrates you. Water is the best way to stay hydrated, you can drink a glass of water before you go out to jump start the hydration process. Also take lots of breaks in the shade, I think mine is like a 10% ratio, which means I work 10 minutes and then take a 50 minute break. hehehe...Works for me!! Thumbs up

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