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Century Park Blog

Chris Frix's Tuesday Tip

Date Posted

07/19/2022

Category

Wellness

Heat Exhaustion

As temperatures continue to climb it is important to recognize the health risks with raising temperatures. Signs of heat exhaustion can include dizziness, headaches, shaking and thirst. This can affect anyone and is not usually serious if a person cools down quickly; 30 minutes or less. If a person’s temperature continues to rise, he or she could face serious complications like heat stroke. When the body’s core temperature rises above 105 degrees Fahrenheit it is a medical emergency. You may also be and increased risk if you have pre-existing medical conditions, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Medical conditions can also be exacerbated by heat.

When temperatures are extremely high, take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

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