Beat the heat every Friday with "Hot Enough for You?"--a weekly assortment of summertime stories and tips on surviving the swelter.
Reader to 'Hot Enough': SHUT UP ALREADY!
Janet Paul's as hot as heck, and she's not going to take it anymore.
Dear Hot Enough, she writes, "One of the best ways to cope with the heat is to stop talking about it! Everywhere you turn, people, the TV, the radio, the newspapers are telling you how hot it is. Suddenly you're not hot anymore -- you're sweltering!"
Ms. Paul, who lives in Pasadena, adds a final promise: "Summer heat is one of the few things that, if ignored, will eventually go away!"
Well, sure it will; that's what they call autumn. Meanwhile, we'll keep on yakking -- and wearing our ice-cube necklace.
Blondes have more green
So blondes have more fun, huh? Not when they're trying to cool off with a dip in a pool.
Swimming in a chlorine-treated pool can cause blond, lighbrown and chemically treated hair to turn "green," according to Dr. Elizabeth Whitmore, assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A copper solution added to the water to destroy algae, or the copper in pipes supplying the pool, are what cause the color change.
Dr. Whitmore recommends using pencillamine, a prescription medicine, which "pulls out copper in the hair and usually works after a few sudsings."
For those swimmers who don't mind a 1940s Esther Williamlook, there's always the rubber bathing cap. But make sure all the hair is tucked in and the cap is tight-fitting, warns Dr. Whitmore. Or you'll get the green-blond look.
Salty dog days
If you're going to exercise in hot weather, avoid the heat cramps that can strike your leg or abdominal muscles by taking in extra salt and water, says Dr. Dan Morhaim of Franklin Square Hospital's emergency medical department.
He suggests drinking a saltwater solution, or drinking water and eating salty foods, such as crackers, to replenish the salt. But if you're on a salt-restricted diet or fluid pills, check with your own doctor first.
Keep those cards and calls coming
What are your ideas on keeping cool? Using a touch-tone phone, call 783-1800 (or 268-7736 from Anne Arundel County.) Once the system answers your call, enter code 4400. This is a local call from the Baltimore area. If you don't have a touch-tone phone, send your ideas to: "Hot Enough," Features Dept., Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.