Hot Conditions Prompting Caution from Medical Experts

by WHIZ Reporter on June 27, 2012 at 6:28 am

It’s going to be dangerously hot in our area the rest of this week and some people will need to be extra careful.

It could feel like 100 degrees tomorrow and may cause problems to those sensitive to the heat like the elderly and the very young.

David Davis is the Director of Emergency and Trauma Services at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital and said the two most common ailments people should be on the lookout for are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"Heat exhaustion is the classic, "kid at football practice gets overheated," doesn’t drink enough water, gets a little dizzy, gets a little top-heavy, starts vomiting," said Davis.  "Heat stroke is a medical emergency and if someone has heat stroke, call 9-1-1 and get them in here because it’s a life-threatening emergency."

The Centers for Disease Control said there are over 700 heat-related deaths in the United States every year.

Davis said a body temperature of above 104 degrees and a lack of perspiration are key symptoms to those suffering heat stroke.

"You could have a seizure, your heart can stop and its a very bad thing. So heat stroke is a serious medical emergency, heat exhaustion is something that can be fixed," added Davis.

Davis said make sure to drink plenty of water, check on any elderly neighbors or family, and stay in the air conditioning during the peak heating hours of the day.