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Hot tips on staying cool and safe in warm weather

Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
edited August 2018 in Coffee lounge
With the next few days being forecast with high temperatures and as we're making our way through Summer, we wanted to share some advice from Public Health England and the NHS on how to stay safe.



  • Stay hydrated! Make sure to drink cold drinks regularly – water is best, but if you want fruit juice then you can mix some water into that. Try to avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and some fizzy drinks) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Get advice from a medical professional if you have any worries or doubts. 
  • Check the storage instructions on your medication to see if you need to move them to a cooler place.
  • Carry on taking all prescribed medicines unless advised not to by a medical professional, but be aware that some prescription medicines can reduce your tolerance of heat. 
  • Try to avoid the heat by staying out of the sun when it’s the hottest part of the day – this is usually between 11am and 3pm.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
  • Shut windows and pull your shades or light-coloured curtains when if it is hotter outside than in your home (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter). You can then open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • If you can, have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Identify the coolest room you have access to, so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Check the weather forecast and any high-temperature health warnings at www.metoffice.gov.uk

Watch out for heat exhaustion and heatstroke! Please have a look at the symptoms that NHS choices halisted so that you are of what to look out for and the steps that you should take if someone exhibits them - including when you to call 999.

These are just a few helpful tips to keep you safe in hot weather. To help keep yourself as safe as possible, you can read Public Health England’s “Beat The Heat” leaflet to get more suggestions and information. 

How do you keep cool during hot weather? Do you love warm, sunny days or prefer when you can stay wrapped up? How do hot temperatures affect you?
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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    Great post @Lasian_Scope
    I don't have a colon and so get easily dehydrated so in hot weather I up my liquid intake a LOT and I also take rehydration sachets if I think I could be getting dehydrated.

    You can buy these from the chemist or supermarket and I think they are really handy to keep in the first aid box for hot weather times for people vulnerable to the heat and also if you have sickness and diarrhoea,
    Scope
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  • Lasian_ScopeLasian_Scope Member Posts: 660 Pioneering
    Thank you @Sam_Scope :)

    I hadn't thought of rehydration sachets before, I'll definitely be getting some of those!

    My PoTS gets much worse in hot weather, so I have some reusable gel cold packs that can be put in the freezer for a while and then used to keep me cool.
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    They are a lifeline for me! I don't think we appreciate just how much dehydration affects the body!
    Scope
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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    There have been studies that suggest that people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which is Ulcerative Colitis and Crohns Disease are more prone to flare ups and hospital admissions in a heat wave.

    Take care of yourselves everyone :)
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  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    This hot weather really takes its toll on me, just had to order spare oxygen to get me over the weekend.
    The up side ( if you think so ) is I am stuck on my computer trying to answer any questions from members :)

    CR
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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    I definitely think that's an upside @CockneyRebel - you are such an asset to this community :)
    Scope
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  • crippscripps Member Posts: 412 Pioneering
    Hi everyone, really struggling with the heat, the medication I’m taking really makes it hard for me to stay awake, it’s like all my energy has been drained from my body . Any tips on how to stay in control? 
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  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,906 Disability Gamechanger
    That’s why I asked is this site for Scottish folk when I joined as the references used are for English sites . Are we in the UK? 
    Yes hot weather sucks when you are on meds for various reasons like excess sweating , sensitivity to sunlight, etc. I get brown patches on my face that look most unsightly. Also having allergies it’s hard to find products that suit my skin and don’t feel like a film on my skin. I almost always wear cotton as my skin is very sensitive and basically strip off as soon as I get home due to sweating. I find when it’s hot I limit my time outdoors as it’s just too uncomfortable . I always carry a water bottle when it’s hot outside as I lose water by sweating. I grew my hair out to be able to shower and tie my hair back wet before going out as it helps me to keep cool. I find hair drying exhausting and causes over heating most of time so jusf occasionally do so. I’m thinking of getting a baseball cap for this summer but working my way up to that lol as I think I’m too old, too ugly etc lol. Keep a big glass of iced water in the fridge on warm days so you can get a drink when you get in and make sure you drink it. A bag of ice in the freezer can be a godsend for keeping cool on hot days. People don’t understand me when I say I don’t like hot days as most people love them but I just prefer cooler weather due to my health. It’s really hard to walk around in the heat when you have asthma too like me. Make sure you use and carry your inhalers. 
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  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,906 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 2018
    Forgot to mention i always carry cleansing wipes and uv lip balm as I break out in a sweat when I am anxious and it makes me feel human again. Why does my head and face overheat first when I’m anxious? Anyone else? Cheers 
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  • susan48susan48 Member Posts: 2,229 Disability Gamechanger
    Gaina said:
    I put a hot water bottle in the freezer to keep me cool at night. 😊
    Great idea
  • TopkittenTopkitten Member Posts: 1,263 Pioneering
    I am still adjusting to being made housebound prematurely and I tend not to dress which hasn't helped in the hot weather but wearing trousers or even shorts causes much pain from their contact with my leg. I had a very bad day yesterday and remained in my chair as much as possible. Consequently I didn't open the doors and windows or even pull the curtains back. The advice given is certainly correct on that as today and they day before yesterday were definitely more uncomfortable for me due to hear despite having almost every door and window open and having a fan unit running.

    With the medication lows causing me to go into hot and cold sweats the heat has become most unwelcome but fortunately it occurs usually only every third day.

    Other than that the only problem I have with these lists is my aversion to drinking water. I think the medication has affected my sense of taste as water, even bottled, tasted fairly awful. I drink mostly coke which is probably against the advice but always drink a glass of squash and usually a milkshake between bottles.

    Oddly, to most people's surprise, the temperature has no actual effect on my spinal condition, no matter whether it is hot, cold, wet or dry. One thing that is in my favour, lol!

    TK
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  • KeikoKeiko Member Posts: 2 Listener
    I dont suffer much in the heat really. Only problem I have is my stump swells upto the size of a balloon, which doesnt help when Im trying to learn how to walk witj my new leg. 
  • bevt2017bevt2017 Member Posts: 353 Pioneering
    Hi @Lasian_Scope

    Awesome post!
    With me it's insects.
    Every summer for two years I've had infections due to insect bites.
    Not had any yet, so hopefully I don't have any outbreaks this year. 😀
  • Annabelle26Annabelle26 Member Posts: 103 Pioneering
    I really suffer in the heat.  When I go out sometimes I feel as if I am fighting my way through curtains.  I have washes but have been staying in my nightwear as it is the coolest lightest clothes I have & only get dressed when I have to go out.  I too always have a supply of rehydration sachets in the cupboard because I sometimes have internal problems which causes problems so do get dehydrated easily but this sort of weather I am inclined to drink rather than eat as I have a very poor appetite.  I am one of those people who hate this weather & do note like it when the temperature rises above 20c & feel worse & worse as the temperature goes up. B):|:(<3
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    [This has been reposted as we are expected EVEN MORE heat, please stay safe!]
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  • feirfeir Member Posts: 396 Pioneering
    I usually go naked or topless this past two years now, my kids don't care and are used to it already. because their mates are calling round a lot coz it's the holidays i'm having to wear a crop top, it's really hurting my neck though (my boobs aren't big, just i have neck issues).
  • TreksterTrekster Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Thank you @Sam_Scope :)

    I hadn't thought of rehydration sachets before, I'll definitely be getting some of those!

    My PoTS gets much worse in hot weather, so I have some reusable gel cold packs that can be put in the freezer for a while and then used to keep me cool.
    Where do you get the gel packs from? I have a hyperkewel vest which I soak in water but it dries up easily. 
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Trekster, something like this from Boots might be of interest!
  • TopkittenTopkitten Member Posts: 1,263 Pioneering
    @Trekster, I picked up a few from cheap shops like Poundland. Can be useful but do tend to create a mess if you put your full weight on them.

    TK
    "I'm on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" - from Wrong side of heaven by Five Finger Death Punch.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi guys, how is everyone getting on today? It certainly is a warm one!
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

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     :s 
    It certainly is.
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    I stock up on water bottles. Whenever I am at a shop I buy one. 
  • susan48susan48 Member Posts: 2,229 Disability Gamechanger
    Windows open, blinds closed , fan going all day and night. I’m in sunny Scotland and I’m thankful all you lovely people across the border are getting it worse than us 🥵
  • Tammyjane33Tammyjane33 Member Posts: 670 Pioneering
    I'd say the two important things I can think of of would be to stay hydrated,. Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If you are going to be in direct sunlight,  for long periods of time make sure you apply sun cream and protect your eyes. If you take any strong medication make sure you  take your time in what you are doing to avoid passing out or any nasty accidents. Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine ladies and gentlemen 😁
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,373 Disability Gamechanger
    Something to be aware off during the hot weather is heat stroke. 

    Preventing Heat Stroke

    When the heat index is high, it's best to stay in an air-conditioned environment. If you must go outdoors, you can prevent heat stroke by taking these steps:

    • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat.
    • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more.
    • Drink extra fluids. To prevent dehydration, it's generally recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice per day. Because heat-related illness also can result from salt depletion, it may be advisable to substitute an electrolyte-rich sports drink for water during periods of extreme heat and humidity.
    • Take additional precautions when exercising or working outdoors. The general recommendation is to drink 24 ounces of fluid two hours before exercise, and consider adding another 8 ounces of water or sports drink right before exercise. During exercise, you should consume another 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes, even if you don't feel thirsty.
    • Reschedule or cancel outdoor activity. If possible, shift your time outdoors to the coolest times of the day, either early morning or after sunset.
    Sounds silly but also take a thermometer with you when out, especially if you expect to be out for a couple of hours or more. Heat stroke is caused by the heating of the core body heat, knowing your temperature, especially if suffering from the effects of heat stroke can help you to quickly identify if you or someone else has heat stroke.

    Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nauseaseizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

    Other symptoms may include:

    First Aid for Heat Stroke

    If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call 999 or transport the person to a hospital. Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.

    While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, initiate first aid. Move the person to an air-conditioned environment -- or at least a cool, shady area -- and remove any unnecessary clothing.

    If possible, take the person's core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. (If no thermometers are available, don't hesitate to initiate first aid.)

    Try these cooling strategies:

    • Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
    • Apply ice packs to the patient's armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
    • Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water.
    • If the person is young and heathy and suffered heat stroke while exercising vigorously -- what’s known as exertional heat stroke -- you can use an ice bath to help cool the body.

    Do not use ice for older patients, young children, patients with chronic illness, or anyone whose heat stroke occurred without vigorous exercise. Doing so can be dangerous.

    Something else to be aware of is that during hot weather night time temperatures can still be high and this can make it uncomfortable to sleep. If possible, and safe open windows in the evening on two sides of your home to create a flow of air through your home. This can help to bring the temperature down. Close curtains or blinds on windows when there is direct sunlight on them.

    In the evening if you find the temperature in your home is higher than outside consider sitting outside with a cold drink (preferably not alcohol) We are fortunate to have a balcony and during these hot days will sit on the balcony watching tv through my tablet with headphones so not to disturb neighbours.

    Finally consider being a good neighbour, if you know a neighbour who is housebound, vulnerable or could be suffering  ask if there is anything you can do to help. This could be just checking on them or doing a little shopping for them. Or at least be aware of your neighbours, I have lost count how often someone has been saved on our estate because someone has spoken out when someone's routine has suddenly stopped, windows closed during hot weather, or just a general concern about someone.

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you everyone for your great tips! I hope you all manage to stay cool today!
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    It certain is today @Lucas_Scope!
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    We went to Brighton Pier today and we sat in the shade. It was soo hot surprised no one wanted to have a splashing contest in the sea. Or visit the beach. We had a lovely picnic on the pier however and I ate a scrumptious ice cream afterwards. There were lots of pubs and hot food stalls but we decided it was a day for cold drinks and cold food. 
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