May 28, 2015

Beat the heat – drink water

The heat and humidity returned to Nebraska in force this week and many hospitals and clinics are busy treating patients suffering from heat related illness. Dr. Michael Walts is with Alegent Creighton Health in the Omaha metro area and says the best thing you can do is to drink plenty of water… not alcohol or soda… water. He suggests drinking when you are not even thirsty to stay hydrated.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, nausea, vomiting and skin may be hot and flushed. Seek medical attention if vomiting is so severe one can not hydrate. Heat stroke has similar symptoms but the person may be confused or disoriented. Those patients require medical attention with IV fluids and help with cooling the body. Muscle cramps are also common when someone loses too much fluid from the body. That is when one must stop physical activity, stretch and rehydrate.

This is also a good time to be a good neighbor and check on the elderly or others without air conditioning.


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