Health Tip: Keep Your Cool

(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.

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