PLEASE NOTE: The information presented in this article is NOT meant to replace, nor imply replacement of, the advice of your qualified Health Care Professional. If you suffer indicated symptoms, or if you have any other questions about Heat Related Illness contact your registered Health Care Professional immediately.
Researched, Written and Presented by
Lady Kaia & Tim
Summer can be fun and enjoyable for most of people but some of us, especially modern vampires, it can be torture.
Do you feel yourself become light headed? Fell sudden overwhelming fatigued? Heart racing and/or skipping beats? Pressure in your chest or, even pain? (WARNING: This may be a sign of a heart condition or attack) Are you feeling anxious, restless, you feel like you can’t handle summer heat at all? If you answered yes to most of these, then this article might be for you. It has been written based in scientific and medical views and, although I tend to blend the scientific with spiritual, in this article I chose to stay scientific and medical to spread awareness of potentially dangerous heat related conditions.
The majority of individuals in the vampire community might have issues with heat and sun, especially during the summer months, so I decided to write this short article after I got inspiration for it from Angelina, who wrote about herself and her daughter’s struggles with porphyria related heat intolerance and how badly it affects them, to the point of causing dangerous heatstrokes. I would like to add that I also have issues with heat intolerance. I haven’t found the reason yet but it might be because of excessive serotonin in the body. Although half of my thyroid gland has been removed, both my hormone levels and other blood tests have been normal. So yes, still no clue as to what is causing this for me. I have issues with heat even in the winter, when they heat the room temperature to 25 C or higher ( 77 F.+)
There can be different reasons why a person has problems dealing with heat and why it effects that individual more then regular people. Some of the reasons can be illnesses such as: porphyria, hypertyroidism, pheripheral neuropathy, serotonin syndrome, cystic fibrosis etc.
It is possible that Serotonin syndrome could be one of the most common reasons among the community followed by porphyria. Serotonin syndrome is the body’s reaction to too high a concentration of serotonin in the body. It can also be caused by your diet, genes or medication. People who are on high carbohydrate diets have a risk to get SS (Serotonin syndrome) they can avoid getting it by eating protein with carbohydrates, in this way both blood sugar and serotonin levels remain steady. It’s interesting to consider that 95% of your total serotonin amount is actually synthesized in your intestinal nerve cells. Research has also found that carcinoid tumors in the intestinal tract can have the same effect.
The genetic risk factor is overmthylation mutation in a person’s MTHFR C677T or A1298C gene. This gene has the power to overproduce serotonin. Also individuals with this gene anomaly, have much lower zinc levels in their blood and high copper level.
Another highly possible cause for excessive serotonin levels could be due to certain medications, mostly antidepressant side effects (citalopram/celexa, escitaloppram/lexapro, fluxetine/prozac, fluvoxamine/luvox, proxetine/paxil, and sertraline/zoloft) which, in worst case scenario, can lead to Serotonin syndrome.
Symptoms of high Serotonin levels are: anxiety, agitation or restlessness, heavy sweating, headache, confusion, rapid heart rate and high blood pressure, dialated pupils, twitching muscles or muscle rigidity, shivering, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, high fever, seizures and loss of consciousness. It also contributes to intolerance to the heat due to the body being unable to control body temperature.
Heat related illness is condition that happens due to exposure to too much heat, even short periods can cause severe health problems. We can group heat related illnesses into main groups such as:
Heat stroke– this occurs when the body is unable to regulate body’s internal temperature. It is a medical emergency and can damage the brain and other vital organs. EHS (exertional heat stroke) is common among young, healthy individuals who, for example, work out in the heat. NEHS (ortnonexertional heat stroke) is commonly observed among the elderly, very young or chronically ill.
Symptoms: very high body temperature (such as 104F or 40C), red and hot either moist or dry skin (sweating might have stopped at this point), difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, dizxiness, headace, loss of coordination, confusion or restlesness, nausea and vomiting, faiting, at worst case senario seizures, coma.
Heat exhaustion – A reaction to the heat and excessive loss of water and salts by sweating usually as the result of over work or over exercising in heat.
Symptoms include: While the observable body temperature can stay in normal or high range but not over 104F/40C, paleness, muscle cramps and pain, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, weakness, headache, the skin can feel cool and moist, pulse rate and breathing may be fast and shallow.
Heat cramps – Cramps that are caused due the significant loss of electrolytes (Na, K) in body, affecting mainly the legs (but can also affect abdomen and arms) with involuntary spasms and is usually due to over exercise or over work.
Heat syncope (fainting) – A fainting condition due to prolonged standing, over exercise or by standing up too fast from sitting or lying position. It is generally caused by the exposure to heat, dehydration and not being used to high temperatures.
Symptoms: dizziness, light headedness, fainting.
Heat rash – A rash due to the heat and humidity.
Symptoms: red bumps or blisters on the skin, itchiness, usually around upper chest, groin, elbow creases and under the breasts of the women or the overweight.
Tips to survive hot weather:
Increase fluid intake, preferably mineral water, juices, Gatorade, sports drinks. Eat salty snacks. Sit and stay in cool place if possible. Passively stretch your muscles to avoid cramps. If you feel light headed lie down and elevate your legs.
Wear appropriate clothing: Lightweight material, light colored, loose fitting. To protect your head from the sun wear a hat, that will give shade and keep your head cool.
If you feel affected by a heat related condition:
Take cool bath or shower, a wet sheet and using fan with ice can help if you don’t have air-conditioning. Choose to go to the places that might have air conditioning such as the library, shopping mall, movie theater or heat relief shelters in your area.
If you develop a rash, keep your rashes dry, wear light and loose clothes to avoid further rashes, by doing so you will prevent yeast infection occurring.
If anyone shows signs of heat stroke apply cold ice pacs to the armpits, neck and groin area. Try to avoid sunburn (this affects body’s ability to cool itself down and increases loss of body fluids) by using sunscreen, with SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself, apply it 30 min before going outside. Limit sun exposure during mid day hours.
Avoid hot foods and heavy meals that might over heat your body even more.
~ LKL ~
As my colleague pointed out there are a number of situations that can, and do, exacerbate the effects of heat exposure on people. Everybody needs to be aware of the potential effects and needs to take appropriate precautions, that is true but how much more important can this be for modern living Vampires?
It is well known, throughout the modern culture, that there are those who suffer from photosensitivity to differing degrees, indeed there are non-kin people that suffer a similar affliction. Such affects can range from Solar urticarial, photoallergy, phototoxicity and a range of chemical sensitivities. If we conclude that the foregoing information was particularly relevant to a normal, average, healthy person then what must we consider if photosensitivity is an issue for modern living Vampires?
Time factors for one thing will become very important. There are no benchmark figures for how long it takes to develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke but as far as recovery time goes, most people will start to experience an improvement in the symptoms of, for example, heat exhaustion in around 30 mins. If symptoms do not improve after 30–60 minutes it is very important that you seek medical attention.
Let’s say that a normal, average person takes, for example. 1 to 2 hours to develop the symptoms of heat exhaustion – they may be working or exercising in hot/humid conditions. For an individual whom suffers photosensitivity issues this time may well be cut in half, or even less and the effects may well be magnified in this individual. The majority of modern living Vampires, whom have been awakened for a number of years, will be well aware whether they have such issues but those whom are new to their true nature may well not be and thus will be at greater risk of suffering ill effects more rapidly.
It is an important point that when someone in the communities asks questions about photosensitivity potential those whom are versed in the matter offer their advice as a matter of health and welfare. Reducing the potential for harm, injury and/or illness should be seen as a priority.
~ T ~
We hope this article was useful for some of you, or at least will help you to avoid over heating and give some general advice to you if you, or others, are suffering heat affect situations.
Thank you for reading.
Copyright Lady Kaia Liivamägi, Tim & RVL, 2018
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