June 29 , 2012
Extreme Heat Health Warning
SPRINGFIELD – With high temperatures expected to continue this weekend, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions during this extremely hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat-stroke.
“It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick. High heat and humidity can lead to serious health problems,” Dr. Hasbrouck said. “To help your body cope with high temperatures, take steps to stay cool, increase your fluid intake, decrease your activities and wear appropriate clothing.”
Normally, the body cools itself by sweating. However, if temperatures and humidity are extremely high, sweating is not effective in maintaining the body’s normal temperature. If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even deadly if unattended.
Heatstroke is caused by prolonged exposure to the heat. Symptoms of heatstroke include:
Heat stroke treatment – call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting or shows a decreased level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.
Heat exhaustion can occur either indoors or outdoors, with or without exercise. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
Heat exhaustion treatment – move the person to a cooler place; remove or loosen tight clothing; and apply cool, wet cloths; give cool water to slowly drink.
Dr. Hasbrouck encourages Illinoisans to follow these prevention tips to beat the heat and related illness:
If you must go outside:
Anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, but some people are at greater risk. Check regularly on:
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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