Heat Allergy

Heat Allergy Signs: Causes Of Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Heat.

After living and working in Arizona for nearly 5 years we know all too well about heat and what it can do to a person. 

Heat Allergy

I had a pool route of 50+ home and commercial pools. Summer temperatures can easily top 110 degrees. Pool deck temperatures can reach 150 or more.

And the black top in the parking lots or on the streets? Forget about it. Heat is great when properly focused and terrible if it can't be controlled. 

Heat Allergy

A heat allergy or intolerance means that your body is having a difficult time regulating its temperature. Our hypothalamus gland located in our brain does the part of  regulating our body's temperature. When we get too hot, we begin to sweat. This sweat evaporates and cools our skin. 

Heat Allergy

However, this seems to only work in dryer climates such as Arizona. We now live in Florida where the humidity can reach 95%. 

There is no evaporation of the sweat. It just stays there, so now I get heat rash and chronic hives during the Summer months. However, heat intolerance symptoms are usually a result of drugs or medical conditions rather than hot, humid weather.

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What May Cause Heat Allergy?

  • Appetite suppressants
  • Caffeine
  • Certain sensory disorders
  • Menopause
  • Methadone treatment
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Overactive thyroid hormone thyrotoxicosis
  • Some blood pressure, allergy, decongestant medications

Heavy sweating is common in those that suffer from heat intolerance. Other signs of heat sensitivity can include: 

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Discolored skin
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat/pulse
  • Stomach cramps 
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

If you exhibit any of these symptoms it's best to get to the hospital right away. Heat intolerance can lead to heatstroke which can be fatal.

Heat Allergy

If you already know you have an intolerance to heat there are things you can do to prevent it from going any further. First is to try to stay cool and out of the sun. Find a cooler environment or stay indoors as best you can. You can also invest in a personal cooling system or a cooling vest. 

Be sure to drink and keep plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration can sneak up on you very quickly. I would drink about 3 gallons of water per day on my pool route.

Years ago I saw an interview with Sylvester Stallone when he was in the process of making Rambo III. Much of the film was shot in the desert. I remember him saying if you're thirsty, it's too late. You're already dehydrated. 

heat allergy

Try wearing light cotton clothes that can breathe. This allows air flow through the fabric and keeps you cooler. You can also use a wide-brimmed hat for more protection.

Heat Allergy

Cool off by taking a nice cool shower. And I have to throw this one in being that I have a swimming pool website. Go swimming!! Not only is it fun but there's no better way to cool off on a hot Summer day than jumping into a crystal clear swimming pool.

And A Few More Ways To Stay Cool

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol 
  • Cool treats such as ice cream and cold drinks
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator to use when needed. Put a couple ice cubes in the bottle for extra-strength cooling.
  • Install an attic exhaust fan
  • Insulate your home
  • Keep the ceiling fans on
  • Keep the curtains and shades closed
  • Place a pot filled 1/2 with water on the burner after you're finished cooking. The extra heat will go into the water and not into your kitchen.
  • Reduce use of appliances. We do some cooking outside on a gas grill during the Summer.
  • Try cold food and fruits
  • Try to reduce lotions and heavy make-up
  • Upgrade your air conditioner
  • Use a thinner blanket on your bed
  • Use cotton sheets
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing

You can do many things to tame your heat allergy. Try these easy and sometimes over-looked ways of staying cool.

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