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Panting and perils of summer heat

07-12-2010 10:32 BJT

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Heat stroke is dangerous. Stay out of the scorching sun, cover up, drink lots of water and eat foods that dispel "pathogenic heat" - that's the advice of health professionals and TCM doctors. Zhang Qian reports.

Shanghai is in for more hot weather, and doctors warn people against spending prolonged time outdoors and in the burning sun, lest they suffer heat exhaustion, cramps or heat/sun stroke.

Visitors try to cool themselves down in the water fountain at the Denmark Pavilion at the World Expo site.(Photo Source: Shanghai Daily)
Visitors try to cool themselves down in the water fountain at the Denmark Pavilion 
at the World Expo site.(Photo Source: Shanghai Daily)
Too much time in unventilated rooms also can be dangerous. Summer sickness - that general weakness, lack of energy and loss of appetite - is also a problem for many people.

It's important to stay hydrated and sip water frequently.

The body sweats to keep the temperature from rising to dangerous levels, but if the body temperature rises too quickly, it may not be able to dissipate heat in time.

Losing a lot of water and salt through sweating also leads to an electrolyte imbalance.

The most severe consequence is heat stroke, which can be a medical emergency and cause seizure.

Common symptoms include lack of sweating; hot, red or flushed dry skin; raid pulse; difficulty in breathing; chest pressure; agitation and confusion; disorientation.

Heat exhaustion may precede heat stroke. Common symptoms: nausea or vomiting, fatigue, weakness, panting, headache, muscle cramps and aches, dizziness.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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