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Heat Safety Awareness Day – Tips to Beat the Heat

Today is Heat Safety Awareness Day, and while temperatures are still quite mild in Central Iowa, the summer heat is right around the corner. So, how can you beat the heat?

Dr. Danney Drewry, Internal Medicine physician with The Iowa Clinic, discusses signs of heatstroke everyone should be aware of and quick tips to stay cool for the summer.

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke is when your body becomes too hot. Some signs of heatstroke include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion

In severe cases, people can even pass out or have seizures due to heatstroke.

How can I prevent heatstroke?

The obvious: stay out of the heat whenever possible. If you do have to be out in the heat, whether you're exercising or working, make sure you're out in the early morning hours before it gets really hot. Some other quick tips are:

  • Stay hydrated with water or sports drinks
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages
  • Wear loose fitting clothing/avoid layering clothes
  • Avoid hot cars

I think I might be overheating – what should I do?

If you think you might be overheating, here are some quick tips to cool yourself down:

  • Hydrate with water or sports drinks
  • Make sure you have access to cooling areas such as: a home with air conditioning, a car with air conditioning, etc.
  • Spray yourself down with cold water and sit in front of a fan, take a cool shower/bath and/or apply a cool rag to the back of your neck

Dr. Danney Drewry is accepting new patients at our Downtown Internal Medicine office, as well as our on-site medical clinic at Wesley Acres. Call to schedule an appointment and watch his video to learn more about him.

The Iowa Clinic Internal Medicine – Downtown: 1215 Pleasant St. #206 | Des Moines | (515) 241-5743

The Iowa Clinic at Wesley Acres: 3520 Grand Avenue | Des Moines | (515) 875-9655

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