In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, today, August 14th, 2015, is the third time we have seen temperatures at or above 90°F degrees this summer. When it is extremely hot and humid, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged. When your body heats up too quickly to cool itself properly, or when you’re dehydrated or sweating, your body temperatures increases and you may experience a heat-related illness. It is important to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness, so you can immediately address the problem and potentially avoid a life-threatening situation.
Heat exhaustion can occur while you are exercising, or on hot and humid days. Some of the symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Heavy sweating
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should immediately move to a cooler location, in the shade or to air conditioning. Sit down, or lie down and loosen clothing to allow heat to escape. Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible. Sip on water. If you have vomited or fainted, seek medical attention immediately.
Heat stroke occurs when your body is no longer able to properly cool itself. The body can heat up to dangerous temperatures of above 103°F, and some of the symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
- Vomiting and nausea
- Extreme fatigue
If you or someone else is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. The individual suffering from these symptoms is in a medical emergency. Make sure the individual is in a cooler environment, preferably with air conditioning. Reduce the body temperature with cool cloths or even in a cool bath.
Remember to stay hydrated! Our bodies function more efficiently in heat when properly hydrated. Stay safe in the heat and thanks for reading. If you have any tips on how to stay cool in the heat, let us know.