We recently shared 4 tips to help keep you and your family cool and safe this summer. Unfortunately heat-related illnesses can occur, especially with the elderly and children. Approximately 200 adults 50 and older die each year due to heat-related problems. Learn to recognize the warning signs and when to seek medical help. Here are 4 heat-related illnesses caused by too much heat exposure:

  1. DEHYDRATION: Dehydration is a loss of water in your body. If not treated right away, it can become a serious issue. Warning signs include weakness, headache, muscle cramps, dizziness, confusion and passing out. Drink plenty of water and a sports’ drink containing electrolytes. Your body loses electrolytes when you are dehydrated and they need to be replenished to help regulate your heartbeat.
  2. HEAT SYNCOPE: Heat syncope is fainting caused by hot temperatures. Warning signs include dizziness or fainting. Hydrate with water or a sports’ drink and lie down with feet elevated. Be sure and check on elders that may be experiencing heat syncope.
  3. HEAT EXHAUSTION: Heat exhaustion can be very serious and may even lead to a heat stroke. Warning signs include heavy sweating (or not sweating), muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, paleness, cold or clammy skin, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fast and weak pulse, and fainting. Hydrate immediately and get to a cool, shady place. Call 911 immediately if you have high blood pressure, heart problems or don’t feel better quickly after hydrating and moving into a cooler environment.
  4. HEAT STROKE: Heat stroke is a dangerous rise in body temperature and can be fatal. Warning signs include a body temperature of 103 or higher, red, hot and dry skin, a fast pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion and passing out. Call 911 immediately! Try and move yourself or the victim to a cool and shady place and remove or loosen heavy clothes. Douse cool water on wrists, ankles, armpits and neck to lower temperature. Try to safely swallow water or sports’ drinks. If aiding a victim, only provide hydration with water or drinks if they are awake and can swallow.

Our wish is for you or a loved one to never experience these heat-related illnesses. We hope by recognizing the symptoms and knowing when to seek help, you can avoid these health problems. For more information regarding legal issues and your specific situation, contact Gerstenberger Law at (770) 920-7722.

 

Sources:

http://www.healthinaging.org/

 

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