In Hot Weather, Know the Warning Signs of Heat Disorders


Laura Bailey, BSN, RN and Director of the Emergency Department at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital says people can do many things to protect themselves from the dangers of extreme heat, like staying out of the sun and drinking lots of cool water. But it’s also important to learn the danger signs of the medical problems linked to heat.
"Symptoms of heat related illnesses include: fatigue, nausea, cramping, headache, dizziness, weakness, confusion, anxiety, extreme thirst and drenching sweat with cold, clammy skin," she said.
She gave tips to help prevent heat-related illness.
"The most important tip is to stay hydrated," she explained. "Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine, sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages. Also be sure to take frequent breaks out of the sun. Wearing loose, light colored, light weight clothing can also help keep you cooler. If you start experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to get out of the sun/heat and stay out of it. “Pushing” through it can make the symptoms worse. Enjoy the summer, but take care of yourself!! And don’t forget to wear your sunscreen."
Bailey tells us when should you seek medical attention from a heat-related illness.
"If after drinking plenty of fluid, and getting rest, you’re still not feeling any better, that’s the time see your physician or call your local ER or urgent care,"

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