November 24, 2014

Heat danger day

Back in the day people called hot days like this a “barn burner”. For the second day in a row temperatures are going to be in the 90’s and that means everyone needs to take precautions against heat related illness. Dr. Carlos Prendes with Alegent Family Health in Millard, Nebr. and says the heat is nothing to mess with. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: headaches, muscle cramps, stop sweating, increase in body temperature, rapid heart rate, breathing problems and disorientation.

Dr. Prendes recommends that if you have to be out in the heat of the day try to keep the sun directly off your skin. Wearing a hat to shade your head, neck and ears helps. Use sunscreen and reapply every two hours. He says perhaps the most important thing is to hydrate before heading out and constantly while outdoors. He says hydrate with water, not alcohol or drinks that contain caffeine.

Alegent Health says this is especially important for the elderly, children or those with chronic illness as they can be affected more severely by the heat than others. For those used to exercising outdoors watch out for heat cramps as that means the body has lost fluids. Regarding sunscreen, it has to be applied every two hours.