Health How to Stay Safe in This Summer's Record-Breaking Heatwaves
Public uproar as the Queen’s guards forced to wear full uniforms during heatwave
One of the highlights for tourists in London is seeing the Queen’s guards. It seems the public is in uproar over their uniforms and the current temperature.It isn’t uncommon for members of the Queen’s guards to faint whilst on duty. This often happens when it is particularly hot. Indeed, as reported by MailOnline, five guards fainted back in June as they stood outside St Paul’s Cathedral for the service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Only a month into summer, intense heatwaves are taking over large parts of the US and Europe. Britain experienced its, with temperatures hitting 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit, and intense wildfires . Meanwhile, Texas, the Central Great Plains, and the Southwest are all , with some areas breaking into triple-digit heat. San Antonio experienced its and is on track to experience another record-breaking heat spell in July. Meanwhile, Tulsa, OK, has experienced 11 triple-digit days this summer, and the temperature is expected to land between 100 and 109 degrees.
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I put chic wetsuits, reef-safe sunscreens, and even waterproof bucket hats to the test.Taking up the sport can be intimidating, and not only because you're balancing on a moving board (and aspiring to look cool while doing it). There's a whole lot of gear you need to get in the water, and even though many lessons come with loaner wetsuits—a perk for beginners like me—entering a second summer of surfing meant I was ready to get some of my own duds. (Especially since I'm already eying Central American surf destinations I can travel to come New York's winter, and will want to bring my own gear down.
According to the, a heatwave is a period of abnormally hot weather lasting more than two days. These waves can strain our bodies, resulting in illness and, in extreme cases, death. In this kind of weather, it's important to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses and know when to seek medical treatment.
What Is Heat Exhaustion?
There are three heat-related illnesses to watch out for: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat cramps are the mildest, with symptoms such as heavy sweating, fatigue, and muscle cramps,. You can treat heat cramps with rest and hydration. Heat exhaustion can cause more severe symptoms, such as dizziness, rapid pulse, nausea, and headaches, as well as cramping and fatigue. Untreated, heat exhaustion can develop into , which can be life-threatening and require emergency medical attention.
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What's the Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion?
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion share many symptoms, but they differ in severity. "The biggest difference, quite simply, is that heat stroke can be fatal if untreated," Kara Telesmanick, MD, Inspira Health Urgent Care physician says. "To identify heat stroke, be on the lookout for an altered mental state, rapid breathing, and flushed skin, in addition to the symptoms that accompany the initial heat exhaustion. Someone experiencing heat stroke may also stop sweating, which can be deceiving in recognizing the condition."
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Once your body temperature hits 104 degrees, it's likely that you have heat stroke. A temperature that high can cause fatal organ damage, so you should seek immediate emergency treatment. "On the way to [treatment], the affected person should drink cold water and apply cool compresses that help to cool the body down gradually," Dr. Telemanick says.
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Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne when she was just 25 years old. Though Queen Elizabeth marked 70 years on the throne this year with her Platinum Jubilee, the seventieth anniversary of her coronation will take place in 2023. Queen Elizabeth's coronation took place on June 2, 1953, fourteen months after her accession to the throne. During the coronation, she was crowned queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). That evening, the Queen broadcast a speech to the public. "Throughout this memorable day I have been uplifted and sustained by the knowledge that your thoughts and prayers were with me. I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity," she said. The Queen added, "I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust." Here, scroll through the 21 best photos from Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953.
What Increases the Risk of Heat Exhaustion?
There are certain factors that increase the likelihood of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Older people and children, for example, are at higher risk in extreme heat, as are people with chronic health conditions like heart or lung disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.
But what most people don't realize is that certain medications - including antidepressants and antipsychotics - can interfere with your body's ability to regulate temperature, per the Mayo Clinic. Common antidepressants that can increase your risk of heat-related illness include Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), Citalopram (Celexa), Escitalopram (Lexapro), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), Sertraline (Zoloft), and Trazodone.
Additionally, migraine and allergy medications reduce sweating, which is a key way your body cools itself down in the heat, according to. Stimulants, as sometimes prescribed to , also make you more likely to experience heat-related illnesses because they raise your base body temperature. And diuretics (such as ) also increase the risk of dehydration, which is often a factor in heat exhaustion. Don't stop taking your medication just because it's listed here; if you're concerned about heat exhaustion and you're taking one of these drugs, chat with your health care provider about the best plan of action.
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How Do You Treat Heat Exhaustion?
If you have any symptoms of heat exhaustion, you should take action ASAP. For starters, try to lower your body temperature as soon as possible, Dr. Telemanick says: ", remove tight or extra clothing layers, or use cold compresses, and move to an air-conditioned area." If you treat your symptoms quickly, you should start feeling better within an hour. If symptoms aren't improving, see a doctor immediately.
As with most illnesses, the best medicine for a heat-related illness is prevention, Dr. Telemanick says: "By being cautious of how much time you spend in the sun, along with drinking plenty of fluids and staying in shaded areas, you can make yourself much more likely to be safe from falling ill."
Queen, World Leaders Send Support as 1,000 Killed in Pakistan Floods .
A third of Pakistan is underwater and 33 million people are affected, the country's climate change minister Sherry Rehman said.Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority reported on Sunday that the death toll since the monsoon season began earlier than usual in the middle of June had reached 1,061.