It’s getting hot out there! Do you know how to handle heat related illnesses?

 

Both Ashley and I love the heat.  But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing even for us, and heat related illnesses, including heatstroke can be fatal.

Learn how to identify these symptoms and treat them so you, and your family, can enjoy your summer safely.

Heat Exhaustion – When the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water, heat exhaustion can set in.  People who work outdoors and athletes are particularly susceptible.

Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and can include severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, diarrhea.  Other symptoms include profuse sweating, clammy or pale skin, dizziness, rapid pulse and normal or slightly elevated body temperature.

Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke, so make sure to treat the victim quickly.

  • Move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area
  • Give them water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages
  • Apply wet towels or having them take a cool shower

 

For more info check out http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-surviving-the-hot-weather.aspx

Be Well. – Rose

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