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Rising Temperatures Increase Risk of Heat Illness

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Fireworks aren't the only things heating up for the Fourth of July. Temperatures are expected to continue to be well into the 90s.

Summer is in full swing and in Alabama that means extreme heat.

Heat can pose many problems for athletes and others participating in outdoor activates. Doctors say there are a few symptoms to look for to make sure everyone and families stay safe.

"The main problems are denying it. You can get cramps, headaches and sometimes frustrations. It devastates the whole body if you dehydrate it enough," Dr. Gregory Johns of Southeast Alabama Medical. Ctr. Emergency Physician.

Also remember heat doesn't only affect people. Leaving a dog in the car for any extended period of time, even with the windows down can prove fatal. Pets need extra care when the temperatures rise, as do toddlers and the elderly.

American Red Cross Health & Safety Dir. Rachel Shiver said, "During extreme heat make sure infants and the elderly stay hydrated and cool. It's going to affect them more than it would an adult."

Some precautions to take during extreme heat is to wear lightweight clothing, drink plenty of water or juice, and take breaks. Doctors say don't wait too long before seeking medical attention if heat becomes a problem.

Heat related illness is very serious and can be fatal if not properly treated.

Some medications may increase chances of being negatively effected by heat. Talk to your doctor about any prescriptions you're taking to find out if they are putting you at greater risk.

Doctors say symptoms to look out for if you're in the heat; include headaches, excessive sweating and vomiting.


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