Overheating can occur for a number of different reasons. Overheating is when you are sweating more than normal or you feel hotter than normal.
Symptoms of overheating are heavy sweating, cold pale clammy skin, fast or weak pulse, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, or headaches.
Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees fahrenheit. This can vary up to .9 degrees. Body temperature varies from person to person, and can even vary depending on the time of day. If you have a temperature 100.4 degrees or more this usually indicates a fever.
Causes Of Overheating
Overheating can be caused by vigorous exercise in a sweaty gym or outside, or be caused by a number of other things. High body temperature can be a side effect of certain medications. It can be caused by stress or anxiety. A condition that causes the inability for your body to sweat, anhidrosis can also cause a raise in body temperature.
Hormones, pregnancy, perimenopause, puberty, or menopause are all causes of higher body temperatures.
An overactive thyroid, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or diabetes mellitus all have high body temperature as a side effect.
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Overheating can lead to heat illnesses. Heat illnesses include heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Heatstroke is when your body reaches 104 degrees fahrenheit or higher. Symptoms of heatstroke are confusion, altered speech, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, racing heart beat, seizure, or loss of consciousness.
Children, older adults, and obese people are at a higher risk of developing heat illnesses.
Warning signs of a heat illness are heavy sweating, tiredness, thirst, and muscle cramps. Later signs that may develop are weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, cool moist skin, or dark urine.
If you develop any of these signs you will need to get out of the sun and the heat immediately. Remove any excess layers of clothing, removing socks and shoes can help release heat from your body. Drink water or a sports drink. If you don’t feel better after an hour of doing these things you will want to call a doctor immediately.
Your Body Has A Built Cooling
Your body temperature increases when the external temperature and your internal temperature both increase. Luckily your body has its own natural cooling system. Your body cools your body one of four ways.
- One way is vaporization, or sweating.
- Radiation is when your body releases heat into the air.
- Convection is when cooler air surrounds your body which helps it cool down.
- Conduction is another way your body cools down by transferring body heat to adjacent cold water or ice.
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Overheating Prevention & Treatment
When exercising outside it is important to make sure your body is conditioned to training in the heat. For someone who never trains outside they may become overheated very quickly training outside when it is so hot. Start slow when conditioning your body to training in the heat, it can take several weeks for your body to adjust. Make sure you are drinking before, during, and after your exercise. Even if you don’t feel like drinking, drink.
Dehydration can cause your body to overheat more easily. Water is the best option. Do not drink caffeine, alcohol, or sugary beverages before, during, or after exercising. Later after you are done exercising, drinking a sports drink can help replenish salts and minerals your body lost.
Limit the amount of training you do on very hot days. Schedule your time to train early in the morning, or late at night when the temperature isn’t at its hottest. Dress appropriately. Light layers, light colors, wicking fabrics. Rest in the shade when you can. Take breaks in the shade. Protect yourself against sunburn.
Overheating and heat illnesses can occur even when you aren’t exercising outside. If you start to feel yourself overheating, drink a cold beverage. Iced tea, cold water, can help cool your body temperature down. Avoiding dehydration is important.
Go somewhere that has cooler air. Go inside where there is air conditioning, or get in the shade with a fan. If you feel like you need to cool down quickly, taking a lukewarm bath or shower can help your body cool off. Applying cold compresses can also help. Places to apply a cold compress to are your wrists, neck, chest, and temples.
Limit your movement when it is hot. Decreasing how much you move around or the amount of activity you are doing when the temperatures are hot can help your body not overheat as well. Dress in breathable, lighter clothing.
Depending on what is causing your overheating problems, you may be able to discuss with your doctor about taking heat regulating supplements. They can help your body maintain a normal body temperature if you are prone to having a higher body temperature.
Getting treatment for thyroid problems can also lower your overheating problems.
Overheating can happen from exercising, or being in hot environments. Finding the cause of why you tend to overheat can be beneficial in learning how best to remedy the issue.
Overheating can lead to heat illnesses like heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Heatstroke can be deadly. If you experience any symptoms of heat illness you should remove yourself from the heat and sun immediately. If symptoms have not gone away after an hour of them starting you will want to speak with your doctor immediately.
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