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Sun & Heat
Unprotected exposure to the sun and heat can pose serious risks to your health, impede your concentration and distract you from enjoying your time outdoors.
Overexposure to the sun can lead to the following illnesses:
- Skin Cancer
- Heat Stroke
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Cramps
- Premature Aging of Skin
- Cataract & Other Eye Damage
- Immune System Suppression
Universally accepted preventive measures to minimize sun exposure and mitigate the associated health risks include:
- Protective clothing & hats
- UV protected sunglasses
- Sun-blocking lotions
Pro-Techt's Mantis is designed to minimize your health risks and improve your comfort outdoors by providing shade, cover and relief from the sun and heat. Mantis is uniquely designed for maximum and optimal protection from the sun while minimizing interference with your outdoor activities. See Mantis Catalog Accessories.
For additional information on the risks associated with sun and heat exposure see what the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have to say at:
Skin Cancer Skin cancer is directly linked to sun exposure. According to the American Cancer Society:
- 600,000 cases of skin cancer occur every year in the United States
- 8,200 end in death (estimate)
- Special precautions should be considered for children, the elderly, and pregnant women
- Dangerous UV rays reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as on bright and sunny days
- UV rays will also reflect off any surface like water, cement, sand, and snow.
Heat sickness can be a fast acting, dangerous killer. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can bring about an irreversible coma and even, death.
Heat Stroke is a medical emergency, and the most severe form of heat related illness. High temperatures, lack of body fluids and overexposure to the elements can all bring about Heat Stroke. The very young and old are especially susceptible to the hazards of this heat related illness.
Symptoms The first sign to look for in a victim of Heat Stroke is red, flushed skin. People who are suffering Heat Stroke, do not sweat, so it is critical that they receive emergency care immediately to relieve their body of heat. Other signs of Heat Stroke include:
- A body temperature of 106-degrees or higher
- Rapid pulse
This condition is exactly what it sounds like: severe exhaustion caused by extreme body heat. Excessive heat and dehydration can cause the body to overreact, thus raising your body temperature to over 102-degrees.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion include:
- Extreme fatigue, dizziness
- Cool, Clammy skin
Heat Exhaustion is a serious illness and should be carefully monitored. Cool, shady environments, liquids, cool rags placed on various areas of the body and replacement of electrolytes (such as those found in sports drinks) are used to treat this condition. If body temperature remains elevated even after treatment, it's best to consult your doctor for further information and instruction.
How can you prevent heat related illnesses?
There are precautions that can help protect you against the adverse effects of heat stroke. These include:
- Keep Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids during outdoor activities, especially on hot days. Water and sports drinks are the drinks of choice; avoid tea, coffee, soda and alcohol as these can lead to dehydration.
- Seek Shade & Ventilation: Staying in a place where there is plenty of airspace, which will help allow your body to naturally cool itself. Sitting in a shaded, wide-open area will help your body rid itself of heat through sweating. Pro-Techt yourself from the sun by using Mantis.
- Use a Mister: During outdoor activities, take frequent drink breaks and use a mister to avoid becoming overheated.
- Dress Cool: Wear lightweight, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing in light colors, use a hat and sunglasses
- Allow time for Your Body to Adjust: increase time spent outdoors gradually to get your body used to the heat. If you live in a hot climate and have a chronic condition, talk to your physician about extra precautions you can take to protect yourself against heat stroke.
Making your outdoor experience more comfortable, enjoyable and safer is the cornerstone of Pro-Techt’s mission. That’s why we have developed innovative products that are designed to help you “Pro-Techt Yourself” from exposure to the elements and insects.