Temperatures are heating up and so are your chances of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Are you at risk?
Here at Wristpect Sport, we take sweating seriously. Our flagship product (the wristband) is one designed especially to deal with sweating while playing sports. So while we encourage everyone to enjoy playing and sweating we want you to do it responsibly!
As the heat index rises, so do the chance for heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Activity levels outside, not drinking enough fluids, or certain health issues and medications all increase the chance for heat related illnesses, heatstroke being the most severe.
Heatstroke follows two less serious heat-related conditions: heat cramps followed by heat exhaustion.
The exact cause of heat cramps is unknown, but it is most likely related to electrolyte deficiencies. Various essential minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium are known as electrolytes. Sweat contains a large amount of sodium and drinking fluids with inadequate sodium content while sweating can result in a heat cramps. Heat cramps most commonly affect the legs, arms, and abdomen. The First Aid Treatment for heat cramping begins with drinking cool sports drinks especially those with 6% or less glucose (sugar), not plain water AND you will need to rest in a cool environment for several days.
(Wristpect Sport athlete wearing Forward wristband AND hydrating)
If untreated, heat cramping can become heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include a headache, dizziness or lightheadedness, excessive sweating, nausea, skin that feels cool and moist, and muscle cramps. If these symptoms persist you should seek medical attention immediately.
Heatstroke is caused by the prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by doing physical activity in hot weather. (Basically if you continue to play sports after your body cramps or you begin to have a headache or nausea and do not stop to treat these signs.) In heatstroke the body temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher. Symptoms include high body temperature, lack of sweating, nausea and vomiting, flushed dry skin, rapid breathing, rapid strong heartbeat, headache, confusion, unconsciousness and muscle cramps or weakness. EMERGENCY TREATMENT IS NECESSARY: CALL 911.
At Wristpect Sport we usually say, “You are going to sweat so do it fashionably!” Today we want to remind you, “You are going to sweat so do it responsibly!”