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Many people throughout the world are plagued with difficult breathing. One specific type of breathing ailment troubling millions is Asthma. If you are one of the many suffering from asthma you are not alone, especially during the summer months. Even those without asthma may find it difficult to breathe the same way during the summer, but particularly those with asthma must be aware that the summer months can be pretty hard on you. Here are some things that you should keep in mind in order to prevent asthma flare ups and allow you to have a great summer.
Known as seasonal asthma, many experience asthma symptoms during high concentrations of pollen in the air, this is usually present during the summer months. If this is the case during the warmer parts of the year, then allergy medication can greatly improve your way of life. A good thing to keep nearby at all times is an emergency inhaler. An important thing to pay attention to is the news, which alerts you of high levels of pollen, allowing you to plan your day accordingly. The ozone layer is another thing to keep in mind that can affect the way you breathe. The news issues an ozone warning, alerting watchers to stay inside and avoid the sweltering heat. Typically, those suffering from asthma or other breathing related illnesses find it harder to breath the hotter it is outside. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing during the warmer months then you should speak to your doctor because you might have seasonal asthma.
Did you know that heat waves are the most lethal type of weather phenomenon in existence? They have caused more deaths than all other weather conditions, including floods. A heat wave is an extended period of prolonged heat, combined with excessive humidity.
In warm climates throughout the summer, areas of high pressure with little to no rain or clouds, the air and ground heat excessively. Static high pressure areas can cause persistent heat waves. There is no universal definition of a heat wave however, as temperature conditions that are normal in warmer climates could be considered a heat wave in a cooler area if they are different than the usual patterns for that area.
Severe heat waves have resulted in thousands of deaths from hyperthermia, power outage due to the increased usage of fans and air conditioning, psychological stress and damaging crop failures.
Hyperthermia is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. During hyperthermia, the body’s temperature is normally greater than 100°F and the person is likely to experience hot, dry skin. Lips may be swollen and the body can appear hot as it is unable to perspire to cool off.
Heat stroke can cause hyperthermia even when the body is at rest. It can exertional or non-exertional depending on whether the person has been exercising in the heat. The body’s ability to cope with the environmental temperatures can be too limited. Heat edema, heat rash, heat cramps and heat syncope can also be a result of high temperatures.
To deal with the heat wave you must stay hydrated, take breaks if working outdoors, avoid strenuous exercise during the hotter parts of the days, eat small meals and often, avoid caffeine and alcohol and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Prepare for potential power outages and have an emergency preparedness kit just in case you may need it.
This summer has heated up pretty fast with temperatures in New York City reaching 102 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to stay cool and keep your energy up, follow these simple tips and stay healthy.
1. If you're going to participate in outdoor activities, schedule them for early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are cooler.
2. If you are spending lots of time outdoors, take consistent breaks to let your body cool down and recover from all the heat and sunshine.
The sun is vital to all our lives, giving life to all living organisms in some way or another, as well as vitamin D, but it can also be a very deadly thing. Have you ever seen in the movies where somewhere is stuck wandering around in the hot dessert with the sun beating down on them and they start to feel fatigued and eventually delusional? Well that can actually happen, and does happen to many people who are unaware of the devastating effects of the sun.
The sun is powerful and the second we overlook its strong influence is when we end up with heat stroke or sun burn. Depending on the time of day and your latitudinal location it is sometimes best not to leave your house without some form of protection from the sun and its hazardous rays. For the majority of the world, the sun is strongest from 10 am to 3 pm so try to avoid extreme heat during this part of the day. Those wanting to exercise should think about either exercising early in the morning or after the sun is beginning to set. If this is not at all possible there is always the option of exercising indoors. Indoor locations such as malls, or gyms, provide individuals with areas to exercise while they enjoy the use of air conditioning.
Some locations are subject to extreme dry heat, whereas others have a more humid climate. An example of a location enduring hot and dry weather conditions is Las Vegas, Nevada. In such an environment, one could sweat and the sweat is evaporated almost instantaneously, which can actually be more dangerous, for people don’t realize they are becoming dehydrated and losing water. Extreme heat is known as heat waves when it occurs during only certain parts of the year and is usually joined with high humidity. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can have many detrimental effects on your health. An extreme heat health implication is heat stroke, which if severe enough can cause disability or even prove deadly.