Cold showers are unsuitable for cooling off on hot days
Cold showers are unsuitable for cooling off on hot days. For many seniors, the current summer weather with the high temperatures in everyday life is a significant burden. Often you are looking to cool off under a cold shower, but the Federal Association of Senior Citizens' Organizations (BAGSO) strongly advises against this. In any case, the cold shower only makes you sweat more at the end.
Typical complaints of the elderly in hot weather conditions are cardiovascular problems, which can manifest themselves in general symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, fatigue and weakness. Cooling down with a cold shower is by no means recommended to those affected. Because the temperature difference has an additional burden on the circulation, according to the news agency "dpa", citing the Federal Association of Senior Citizens' Organizations. In addition, the showering with cold water activates the body's own heating. Because the pores of the skin and the superficial blood vessels suddenly contract in view of the external influence of cold, the temperature release through the skin drops and the body tries to counteract the supposed cold by regulating the body's temperature. When the cold shower is over, those affected sweat all the more.
Lukewarm showers instead of cold showering Instead of showering with cold water, senior citizens should prefer lukewarm showers to avoid undesirable side effects, according to BAGSO. Increased cooling can also be achieved if the towel is dispensed with for a change, because the evaporation of the water creates a cooling effect and you feel refreshed for longer. Furthermore, there is the possibility of cooling the organism by alternately immersing the arms in a sink with cold water for about 20 seconds and moving them slightly, reports the Federal Association of Senior Citizens' Organizations. Following the procedure, the arms should be removed from the pelvis and only gently wiped off in order to achieve a cooling effect via evaporation. (fp)
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