While it might seem like summer is nearly over since school is about to resume, the hot days of summer are far from over!

In fact, summer technically lasts until September 22, and our heat is likely to stick around even longer than that. So, when you head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and our gorgeous Smoky Mountains, be sure you’re taking precautions to protect yourself from the heat.

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville offers some insight about heat-related illnesses and how to prevent them.

What Is a Heat-Related Illness?

It’s exactly what it sounds like! A heat-related illness is an illness that’s caused by the heat.

In most cases, these illnesses are triggered by the body’s inability to acclimate to heat or by dehydration. In either case, the consequences can be dangerous and even deadly—heat stroke is actually considered an emergency medical condition.

  • Heat cramps
  • Heat syncope (fainting)
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke

How Can I Stay Safe Out in the Heat?

The temperatures in a Tennessee summer can be unforgiving. In order to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness, it’s very important to practice two-step prevention—keep yourself hydrated and cool.

That means sipping water regularly throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, since you can already be slightly dehydrated at that point. Try to stay indoors in the heat of the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside during that time, do your best to keep your body temperature as cool as you’re able by seeking shade.

Water-Packed Foods

  • Celery
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes

In need of medical care for an injury or illness? Schedule an in-person or AFC TeleCare appointment with AFC Urgent Care Sevierville for a diagnosis and treatment plan.