Scorching temperatures can cause heat related illnesses

POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- Texans are all too familiar with the heat but this summer is proving to be hotter than normal.

And if you don't take precautions before you head outside, the heat just may get to you.

As the heat continues into the triple digits, with no real end in sight, some doctors are concerned people may suffer from heat related illnesses.

"It can happen under the worst circumstances, it can happen 30 minutes to an hour if you're out in the heat of the day," said Dr. Clint Cheng of St. Joseph Family Medicine.

And it's the heat of the day that can affect young children and elderly more.

Heat illnesses can range in severity from minor cramps, to heat exhaustion and even to heat stroke.

"Your cardiovascular system starts to lose the ability to keep your blood pressure up, you start feeling even more dizzy, you pass out and your body is unable to regulate your temperature very well anymore," Dr. Cheng said.

He recommends anytime you plan to be outside, you always have water and you take plenty of breaks. Also try to avoid the sun from it's peak times of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and one mom says she does just that.

"Even then we try not to stay too long just because they are very fair skinned and very prone to heat stroke," said Kate Jensen.

St. Joseph Hospital says they've seen about 23 different cases of heat illnesses so far and Dr. Cheng worries there will be more.

"Especially since we've had temperatures in the 90's since April or so and we're just in July and we still have August left to go, people get complacent and they just do what they normally do and go outside and work in the yard and everything in the heat of the day and that's not good," said Dr. Cheng.

If you plan to be outside, make sure you wear light clothing, wear sunscreen and remember those fluids.


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