The rays of the sun can be deceiving, especially when the sun seems mild. The rays are most intense between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., even on overcast or cloudy days! Use sunscreen to keep the skin moist.
Sunburn is evident by painful red skin, blisters, nausea, vomiting or headaches. To minimize discomfort, stay out of the sun, apply cool compresses, take aspirin and consume plenty of fluids.
Heat exhaustion is characterized by excessive perspiration, weakness, pale and clammy skin, cramps, nausea and dizziness. Lie down in a cool room, loosen clothing, apply cool, wet compresses and drink plenty of fluids.
Heat stroke, also called sun stroke, is more serious than heat exhaustion. Symptoms include rapid pulse, 104° to 106° temperature and hot, red dry skin. If you suspect heat stroke, you should sponge the entire body with cold towels or rubbing alcohol and seek medical attention immediately.