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...
Darn, it’s hot outside!! Like many others around the United States, I’m finding I’m sweltering in 100-plus temperatures when I step outside every afternoon. And morning isn’t much better – we’re already nearing 90 degrees and it’s just barely 10 a.m. So what do you need to know about exercising when it’s this hot ? Here's a quick laundry list.
Timing is everything! If possible, try to go early in the morning or late in the night when it isn’t so hot. However, if you’re walking dogs (like I often do), morning is better since the sidewalk pavement hasn’t absorbed all the sunshine and isn’t radiating tremendous heat onto my canine friends.
Hydrate! It’s important to continually consume liquids when you’re out in the heat. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends drinking water or sports drinks, but avoiding tea, soda, coffee and alcohol, which can lead to dehydration. Whole Living...
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