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Heat Wave Causing Health Problems in the US

The prevailing heat wave in the US is causing many health problems especially to infants, young children, seniors and those with heart complications. The temperature touched 100 degrees in many parts of the East, Midwest and South. The average temperature at this time of the year is around 82.

The searing heat has taken a toll of five elderly lives in Wisconsin, Maryland and Tennessee. Stanford University researchers blame global warming for the scorching heat, warning that this trend can become the norm in the years to come.

Health experts are warning people to look out for symptoms such as confusion, lack of thirst, difficulty in concentrating, nausea, lightheadedness and dehydration. They give the following tips to avoid heat stroke and other ailments:

  • Drink lots of sports drinks and water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these do not hydrate.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and try stay inside the shade.
  • Sweating is good. If you stop sweating, drink more water immediately.
  • If you feel dizzy or light-headed, it may be due to heat stroke. Immediately go to a cool place and drink lots of fluids.
  • Limit your exercise and outdoor activity.
  • Wear loose, light-colored, cotton clothes.

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