As the summer months begin to approach, so does the hot weather. Though it is a time to relax outside and enjoy the weather, the risk for heat related illnesses increases significantly.

These illnesses include dehydration, muscle cramps, swelling of the hands and feet, fainting, and even heat stroke. These conditions can effect people of all ages and health, with the most susceptible  being young children, the elderly, and individuals with specific medical complications.

Measures should be taken to prevent these illnesses from occurring such as regulating the time period one is exposed to the sun, limiting strenuous outdoor activity, and maintaining consistent and adequate fluid intake.

Another risk of the sun is the Ultraviolet rays which cause direct and painful damage to openly exposed skin. Sunburn occurs in multiple degrees and can have a sudden effect (1 to 2 hours) on any individual. Fair Skinned individuals are at the biggest risk as their skin is the most susceptible to the ultraviolet rays. Proper precautions should be taken to prevent sunburn from occurring such as sunblock and keeping these exposed areas properly covered.

If prolonged exposure to the sun and heat presents symptoms such as excessive sun burn, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, soreness, or rash you should contact your regular physician or report to the closest urgent care facility as soon as possible.

Our board-certified physicians at AFC Urgent Care Clearwater Urgent Care would be more then happy to diagnose and treat heat-related illnesses and sun exposure. We offer a walk-in center with no appointment needed and are open everyday 8am-8pm.