Thursday, June 18, 2009

Health Tips for June 18

Health Tip: Some Medications Can Help Trigger Heat-Related Illness

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke occur when the body becomes overheated and can't cool itself back down.

Some medications may increase your risk of heat-related illness. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list:

  • Antihistamines to prevent allergy symptoms.
  • Some medications to manage cough and cold symptoms.
  • Some heart and blood pressure medications.
  • Amphetamine diet pills.
  • Irritable bowel and irritable bladder medicines.
  • Laxatives.
  • Water pills.
  • Thyroid medications.
  • Anti-seizure medications.
  • Some medications used to manage mental health conditions.
Health Tip: Beat by the Summer Heat

Soaring temperatures and high humidity can lead to heat-related ills, including heat stroke.

Some people are at greater risk, the U.S. National Safety Council says. They include:

  • Babies and young children, the elderly, and pets.
  • People who have a chronic illness, including heart problems and circulatory conditions.
  • People who must work outdoors in the sun.
  • Athletes who practice or play outdoors, or people who are just starting an outdoor exercise program.
  • People who abuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Anyone taking medications that affect sweat production.

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