Who can get rhabdo?
Anyone can get rhabdo, but some workers are at a higher risk than others. People who work in hot environments and/or perform strenuous physical tasks have a higher chance of getting rhabdo. Some of these groups include:
- Firefighters (both structural and wildland)
- Police officers
- First responders
- People who work in hot environments, such as farm and construction workers or forge workers
- Military service members
It’s a common misconception that only unfit or out of shape people get rhabdo. But even people in great shape, such as firefighters, marathon runners, and professional athletes get rhabdo. It can happen to anyone and even after activities you have done in the past without a problem.
Other things that can increase your chances of developing rhabdo include:
- Using illegal drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Taking supplements, such as creatine and ephedra
- Consuming large amounts of caffeine or other stimulants
- Different infections, including flu, HIV, salmonella, staph, strep, and Epstein-Barr virus (mono)
- Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, sickle cell disease, thyroid disorders, and muscular dystrophy
- Some medications, including some antibiotics, antidepressants, cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), and cold and allergy medicines