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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...
Back during the cold, winter months, I talked about things parents can do when their child on the autism spectrum doesn’t want to wear a coat . This might be caused to the body’s inability to regulate temperature or a sensitivity issue. Some children with ASD also find the hot summer months intolerable.
The term heat intolerance is used to describe the “feeling of being overheated when the temperature around you rises.” One of the signs of heat intolerance is excessive sweating, although it can also come with feelings of lethargy, headaches, dizziness and nausea.
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Children with autism frequently have sensory sensitivities and their difficulty with the warm temperatures might be part of those sensitivities. They might simply feel more comfortable when the temperature is “comfortable” - somewhere around 70 degrees and find they feel uncomfortable when the temperature dips below or soars above this level. Ther...
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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