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Dealing with the Heat

Judie Rappaport
July 31, 2017

There’s no disputing it, it’s hot outside, and during our summer months high temperatures and humidity can be dangerous. The Palm Beach County Health Department tells us at least four people were treated for heat-related illnesses at emergency rooms in the county in July. Statewide, more than 3,000 people are seen in emergency rooms for heat exposure each year.


The elderly are particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but with proper precautions your loved one can deal with extreme heat. Below is a list of important cooling measures from the health department.


  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages, water is the best hydration
  • Rest in an air-conditioned environment
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Prevent sunburn; it damages the skin's ability to dissipate heat


The health department also wants those you care about to know the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.


Heat Stroke:

An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)

Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)

Rapid, strong pulse

Throbbing headache




Heat Exhaustion:

Heavy sweating


Muscle Cramps





Nausea or vomiting


Skin: may be cool and moist

Pulse rate: fast and weak

Breathing: fast and shallow



Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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