The hottest days of summer are here. Very high temperatures can put a great deal of stress on your body. High humidity or physical activity can make the effects of the heat even more dangerous. Summer weather can bring on a number of heat-related health problems that can lead to heatstroke, which can be deadly. So now is the time to learn how to recognize and prevent heat-related health problems.
Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms, usually in the belly, arms, or legs. Stop all activity and sit quietly in a cool place. Drink clear juice or a sports beverage. Wait several hours after the cramps are gone to return to your activity. Get medical help if your cramps don’t ease up within an hour.