Heat Dangers

by Katie McGraw on July 17, 2013 at 6:57 am

In the midst of the first heat wave for this summer, temperatures are soaring into the 90’s and because of the humid climate we live in, the heat can have serious health complications.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says there are three intense and harmful illnesses everyone needs to be aware of during stifling hot conditions: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the most dangerous heat stroke.

"Heat stroke is the most deadly, people can actually die from that, so that is when your body temperature gets above 102 degrees and it”s that way for a long period of time,” said BSN RN Jamie Heinzman. “Your body basically stops sweating, your body stops its mechanisms to cool it self down."

If somebody is exhibiting signs of heat stroke, which include dry skin, warm to the touch, have red skin, or are confused, you need to remove them from the heat and get them someplace cool immediately

“It is suggested to use cold packs and things like that, most important parts are going to be neck, arm pits and groin areas. Start cooling those major points first. The most that you can cool them the quickest way the better.”

The elderly, the young, those on certain medications and people with health factors such as obesity are all considered high risk for heat related illnesses.