Staying safe in excessive heat

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - We are in the dog days of summer and if you have been outside, then you know it all too well. But do you know the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Medical experts say heat related illnesses can develop over time or appear suddenly. Some of the problems indicating heat exhaustion include weak or rapid pulse, headache, low blood pressure upon standing, dizziness and nausea. Dr. Lindsey Prewitt with Anderson Hospital says they have seen some heat related cases recently.

“It is interesting that as summer has gone on I have certainly seen more heat illness. People are actually getting admitted to the hospital for being hot,” Prewitt says. ‘One of the most interesting things to me is that almost none of them realized they were hot. Most didn’t know that’s what was going on. A lot of them said, ‘I didn’t feel as hot today was I have felt at other times.’ That’s what can be so tricky about this. It can sneak up on you.”

Doctors say don't under estimate the power of a hot day. Keep the symptoms and limits in mind during the hot weather and don't overdo it. Be sure to also keep your pets in mind.