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Watch for signs of Heat Illness, Heat Stroke / Heat Exhaustion

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 6:36am

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines Heat Stroke as: Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Heat Exhaustion is the milder form of heat related illness and defined as: (C.D.C) Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment. Allows check with your Doctor if you have any questions, especially if medication your taking will be a concern, and allowing your body temperature to recover and lower when finished for the day will help with any continuing Heat Illnesses.

Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following:
An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
Rapid, strong pulse
Throbbing headache
Dizziness
Nausea
Confusion
Unconsciousness

Here is a lnk to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with more inofrmation and helpful tips about serious Heat Illneses: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines Heat Stroke as: Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Heat Exhaustion is the milder form of heat related illness and defined as: (C.D.C) Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment. Allows check with your Doctor if you have any questions, especially if medication your taking will be a concern, and allowing your body temperature to recover and lower when finished for the day will help with any continuing Heat Illnesses.

Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following:
An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
Rapid, strong pulse
Throbbing headache
Dizziness
Nausea
Confusion
Unconsciousness

Here is a lnk to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with more inofrmation and helpful tips about serious Heat Illneses: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp

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