Heat has greater effects on adults than children

POSTED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 4:19pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 6:16pm

WACO -- If you're spending time outside, sunscreen, a hat and water are all good defenses against the heat, but doctors warn it's not just the temperature you should be worried about.

"When we think about heat, think about humidity and the actual temperature because it might be kind of lower temperature but very humid and you could still be at risk of heat exhaustion," Dr. Tim Martindale, family medicine doctor said.

While many parents make sure their kids are protected outside, adults are actually more at risk of heat exhaustion.

Why?

Mainly, alcohol and medicine.

"Alcohol dehydrates you even faster. If you take a medicine that's a diuretic, an antihistamine, a blood pressure medicine, there are several medicines that can make you more likely to get dehydrated quickly."

The secret to making sure you don't pass out before the 18th hole?

"Water's your secret. Water before, water during, water after."

But if you start swelling, sweating profusely, get muscle cramps, headaches or nausea those are signs you may have heat exhaustion.

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