Avoiding Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

With the weather becoming increasingly warmer, it is important to remember to take care of yourself in order to avoid illnesses brought on by extreme heat.

Based on information from the CDC in 2016, people are more at risk of suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke in the months of May through September, and those aged 65 and older are at the highest risk as hot temperatures can contribute to an increase of deaths caused by heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

There are several other risk factors of heat illness to be aware of including lack of water consumption, alcohol and caffeine consumption, medications, heart lung and kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and being overweight or underweight.

When doing things outside, be sure to wear clothing that is not restricting or tight, stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks to keep yourself cool.

If you begin to experience symptoms such as: fatigue, anxiety, feeling faint, weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, or pale and damp (clammy) skin, be sure to move to a cool place and rest, place cool, damp cloths on the skin and drink cold water.

If you experience more severe symptoms such as: a fever over 104 degrees, dry, warm skin, rapid heart rate, agitation, confusion or seizures, you should immediately call 911, move to a cool place, drench skin with cool or cold water, and place ice packs on the armpits and groin area if possible.

Stay cool and stay healthy, everyone!


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