Heat Can Be Health Problem

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

A heat advisory is in effect in Mississippi and Alabama. The intense summer heat could cause problems for your health.

It's hot, and with summer just starting, this is only the beginning of the summer heat. And those blistering temperatures could affect your health.

Internal medicine director, Dr. Ransome Kuti of Greater Meridian Health Clinic, says many may be subject to heat exhaustion and heat stroke this time of year, especially children, elderly, athletes and those working outside.

"Heat exhaustion is when you've been exposed to high temperatures for a few days. it's not as severe as a heat stroke, which is an emergency," Kuti said.

Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness and weakness. When it's hot, most people sweat a lot. And Dr. Kuti says you have to replenish your fluids. And if you feel like you're getting exhausted, get an air conditioned place.

"First thing is to get into a cool place. Drink plenty of water, take a cool shower," said Kuti. "Basically stay out of the high temperatures. Go to an air conditioned room."

Doctors say heat stroke is more serious as people can die from it. Symptoms include nausea, muscle cramps or changes in consciousness.

"If people notice a person suffering from heat stroke, you can take the person to a shaded area, take off their clothes, spray them with water or towel them down with cool water to bring down the temperature," said Dr. Kuti.

When out in the sun or heat, staying hydrated is crucial.

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