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In a study conducted last year, researchers noted that the risk of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) flare was higher during heat waves than during normal times of the year ( 1 ). While it isn't clear exactly why this is the case, it may be due to the added stress heat can place on the body. Regardless of the cause, there are several things you can do to mitigate your own risk during the hottest days of the year.
Heat stroke can be a very big concern this time of year. If you have IBD, it is important to know your risk and what to look for. Being educated on heat stroke signs may save your life or someone you love's this summer.
Double check the medications you may be taking . Steroids, anti-spasmotic drugs (like Levsin or atropine for example), belladonna alkaloids and some drugs for depression used in IBD treatments and can increase the risk for heat stroke. Talk with your pharmacist and discuss if any of your current medication...
Definition Heat intolerance is the inability to be comfortable when external temperatures rise. Alternative Names Sensitivity to heat; Intolerance to heat Considerations Heat intolerance often produces a feeling of being overheated and can cause heavy sweating. Heat intolerance usually comes on slowly and lasts over the long-term. Common Causes Amphetamines such as appetite suppressants Caffeine Excess thyroid hormone ( thyrotoxicosis ) Menopause
Definition Heat emergencies fall into three categories of increasing severity: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Alternative Names Heatstroke Considerations Heat illnesses are easily preventable by taking precautions in hot weather. Children, elderly, and obese people have a higher risk of developing heat illness. People taking certain medications or drinking alcohol also have a higher risk. However, even a top athlete in superb condition can succumb to heat illness if he or she ignores the warning signs. If the problem isn't addressed, heat cramps (caused by loss of salt from heavy sweating) can lead to heat exhaustion (caused by dehydration ), which can progress to heatstroke. Heatstroke, the most serious of the three, can cause shock , brain damage, organ failure, and even death. Causes Heat emergencies are caused by prolonged exposure to extreme heat. The following are common causes of heat emergencies: Alcohol use Dehydration Heart disease High temperatures or humidity Medications su...
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