MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Being outside in the hot summer temperatures can often lead to more than just sunburn.
Extreme heat can sometimes lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, along with other dangerous conditions if proper precautions are not taken. Doctors say drinking plenty of water is the best way to stay safe, along with wearing plenty of sunscreen and staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
"A lot of times you might get cramping, nausea, maybe some light headedness, weakness, those types of generalized fatigue are usually the early warning signs," Doctor John Molnar with Grand Strand Regional Medical Center said.
Molnar says the young and the elderly; along with people who have underlying health problems such as asthma should take extra precautions in the heat of the summer.
Nina Pratt makes sure her son knows how to beat the heat and makes sure she is always prepared when they head into the heat.
"I definitely have to keep an eye out on him because he has asthma and he has allergies so we keep plenty of water and I make sure we always have his medicine on hand," Pratt said.
Molnar says it is not just people with existing health conditions who need to watch out for the blazing summer sun.
"Even people in really good shape can push themselves too hard in extremes of heat can develop heat related illnesses", Molnar explained.
Experts say the hottest times of the day are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. So it would be best to take a jog on the beach or exercise early in the morning or later in the evening.