Health Tip: Keep Your Cool
Wear light, loosely fitted clothing on hot days
(HealthDay News) -- The hot, humid days of summer can increase your risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help prevent heat-related illness:
Dress in loosely-fitting clothing that is light in color and lightweight.
Use an umbrella or wear a hat to keep the sun off of you, and wear an SPF 15 (or higher) sunscreen.
Before heading outdoors, make sure you drink enough water.
Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
Schedule regular breaks during your outdoor activities. Avoid being outside during the midday sun.
Talk to your doctor about managing any chronic health conditions.