Handling the Heat

by Brittany Shannon on May 28, 2010 at 6:42 am

As the temperature rises, so does the risk for heat exhaustion and sunburn.

Medical Director Doctor Vicki Whitacre, talks about what to do when hot becomes too hot.

"You’ve got to stay well-hydrated and if you’re getting over-heated, particularly the elderly, children, and young babies, they’ve got to have plenty of fluids and need to be in an air-conditioned place if it’s extreme heat," says Dr. Whitacre.

In addition to keeping cool, it is important to use sunscreen to prevent burning and future skin damage.

Whitacre says, "There’s concern about people getting sunburned particularly young children and babies. You’ve got to protect them."

Air conditioning is the best way to protect against heat exhaustion, as well as staying properly hydrated.