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Side Effects of Being in the Sun for Too Long

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Greetings from KameLo :)

We're in the middle of July, the hottest month of summer,

and thought it would be nice to share with you

some of the side effects of being out in the sun for too long.

Itchy Bumps

You might notice small, itchy bumps on your skin

after a long day in the sun.

Most commonly, you would see red or pink

itchy bumps on your arms, chest, and legs.

It is caused by your body not being exposed to the sun

for a long time.

They're called Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE)

and they will go away as summer progresses.

Make sure to apply SPF of at least 30

whenever you'll be out in the sun.

Feeling dizzy, drained, or achy

If you feel any of the above symptoms,

you probably have heat exhaustion.

After a full day in the sun,

you come home feeling nauseated,

dizzy as if you're about to faint, or

tired with a headache.

It is called heat exhaustion, which is a condition

that can occur when you're exposed to

extremely hot temperatures for too long.

Heat exhaustion is caused when your body is dehydrated

and has to work extremely hard to cool you down.

This results to muscle cramps, a faint but fast hear rate,

and lightheadedness.

Best way to recover from heat exhaustion is to

drink electrolyte-rich fluids, such as, coconut water,

water with orange slices and strawberries,

or Smart Water.

You should find a cool place to rest in.

Another alternative is to take a cold bath or a cold shower.

You want to cool down your body temperature.

To prevent heat exhaustion,

stay cool and keep hydrated with 8 ounces of fluid

every 20 minutes when you're in the heat.

Heatstroke

Heat exhaustion could lead to heatstroke.

Heatstroke occurs when the body's core temperature

rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

It can cause the central nervous system to malfunction.

It can also damage the brain, heart, liver, kidneys,

spleen, and muscular tissue.

Here are the key warning signs:

Cramping, nausea, or headache.

The first signs of a heat illness are often

stomach cramping or nausea, which can indicate

dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance in the body.

These are closely linked with heat illness,

since the body needs water and electrolytes like sodium

to properly regulate its temperature.

It also loses them through sweat.

Headaches are a common sign of dehydration.

Thirst and heavy sweating.

Heavy sweating is a sign that your body is

producing a lot of heat than normal.

This could lead to heat exhaustion and more dangerous on

humid days because sweat cannot evaporate off the skin, which

produces a cooling sensation.

Sweat can't evaporate off the skin as easily as it can

with dry or breezy weather.

Feeling thirsty is also a sign that your body needs hydration.

Even if you don't feel thirsty, it's important to

drink water more frequently than usual on hot days.

If you're out in the heat for more than an hour,

a sports drink or coconut water

can help replenish any lost electrolytes.

Hope these tips help you stay cool this summer and

always remember to wear sunscreen and keep hydrated :)

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