Heat Related Conditions

People suffer heat-related illnesses when the body’s temperature control system gets overloaded. Although the body normally cools itself by sweating, under some conditions, sweating is not enough. Then, a person’s body temperature rises very fast. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other key organs of the body.

Several things affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather, like the following:

  1. When the humidity is very high, because sweat will not evaporate as quickly, As a result, the body doesn’t release heat as quickly.
  2. Other conditions that can limit the ability to regulate temperature include
    Old Age – – – Youth (infancy to 4 years of age) – – – Heart Disease – – – Obesity – – – – – Some respiratory (lung) diseases – – – Fever – – – Dehydration – – – Mental Illness – – – Poor Circulation – – – Sunburn – – – Alcohol Use – – – Certain Prescription Medications.

Tip Sheets on preventing and controlling Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke can be found in Health Power’s Tip Sheet Directory.