Hospital emergency rooms have been busy treating people impacted by this heat spell. Linda Sather is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Nursing and says there are things you can do to protect yourself from a heat related illness.
Sather says first you need to wear light colored clothing made from lighter fabric. She says wearing a hat, using sunscreen and drinking a lot of water is also a must. She says those most susceptible to heat related illness are children under year years of age and those over 65. The heat also as a more severe impact on those with certain health conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure. Sather says those taking certain medications, including those for depression should use extra care in this heat.
Sather says typically the first sign of heat related illness is muscle cramps. That is when the person needs to get into a cool area and drink water. Never hesitate to seek medical attention.