With the current rising temperatures it’s starting to seem more like summer than spring. How does this sudden heat streak affect our health?

“The actual change in temperature itself is not dangerous; however the secondary effects of it can be,” said Dr. Terry Jodrie, emergency physician at Washington Adventist Hospital.

He explains that the rapid rise in temperatures causes pollen to go up exponentially. This can have serious effects for allergy sufferers. Learn how to beat spring allergies, here.

“Also, we have a tendency to sweat more and get dehydrated,” said Dr. Jodrie.

That’s why it’s especially important to not overdo it when exercising outdoors and avoid putting extra strain on the heart. Dr. Jodrie advises that the best defense against dehydration is drinking fluids and getting plenty of rest.

Be aware of the symptoms of severe dehydration, which requires emergency treatment. If you or a loved one is experiencing the following symptoms, call 911 immediately.

  • Your mouth and eyes may be extremely dry.
  • You may pass little or no urine for 12 or more hours.
  • You may not feel alert or be able to think clearly.
  • You may be too weak or dizzy to stand.
  • You may pass out.

Listen to Dr. Jodrie’s full interview with WTOP radio on how to prevent dehydration and stay healthy in the heat, here.