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Summer Safety: The Hazards of Humidity

thermometer-1322828_1920The summer’s heat is as strong as ever this year, with temperatures in July consisting staying in the 80’s and even surpassing 90⁰ F on some days. It is no surprise the humidity has been just as powerful. As much as everyone loves being outside in the summer, spending time in a very humid environment can affect your body in various ways, and in some cases can be detrimental to your health. AFC Urgent Care New Bedford doesn’t want anyone to break a sweat worrying about the humidity; here are some tips to stay cool and stay healthy for the last weeks of summer!

Stay indoors in an air conditioned building with good air quality

High humidity not only affects the outdoor environment, but indoor environments as well. Humidity directly affects the growth of allergens in indoor environments. When humidity is high, both dust mite populations and mold colonies thrive, which greatly increases the allergen total in the air. This fluctuation can greatly affect a person’s ability to breathe, so if the humidity is high, go inside and appreciate the air conditioning. It’s also important to be in a place with clean air, meaning no tobacco smoke or harsh scents. If your home is not air conditioned, take a quick drive to your nearest library, shopping mall or movie theater and enjoy the cool temperature.

Drink plenty of water

When humidity is high, your body works even harder to try and cool itself down, meaning more sweat is produced than normal. It is crucial to drink water and keep your body hydrated. Dehydration can lead to much more serious heat-related problems, such as heat exhaustion and in some cases heat stroke. For more information on how to know if you’re staying hydrated this summer check out our news and updates page.

Take extra caution if you have a pre-existing respiratory condition

Respiratory problems are exacerbated in high humidity. People with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at an increased risk when the humidity starts to rise. Luckily, AFC Urgent Care New Bedford is able to offer nebulizer treatments to those with respiratory issues. If you would like to speak with a member of our staff regarding the nebulizer treatments we offer, please call our center at 508-990-1900 or stop by our office at 119 Coggeshall St. in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Humidity can cause more problems than just frizzing your hair. Be sure to check your local weather stations for information regarding the humidity levels in your area and if dangerous levels are anticipated, be sure to use the tips listed above to stay healthy!