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August 8, 2007

We're Having A Heat Wave

Much of the country is having record heat. You cannot be too careful about avoiding heat illness when the heat index is around 105 degrees.

Some heat-related illnesses are:
Sunburn: Redness and pain. In severe cases swelling of skin, blisters, fever, headaches.
Heat Cramps: Painful spasms usually in muscles of legs and abdomen possible, Heavy sweating.
Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. Pulse thready. Normal temperature possible. Fainting and vomiting.
Heat Stroke/Sunstroke: High body temperature (106 degrees or higher). Hot dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse. Possible unconsciousness.

How to prevent heat-related illness:
Water, water, water.
Get out of the sun
Get into air conditioning (if you don't have AC, go to a public space such as a public library or mall)
Take a cool shower or get into a pool

Remember, children and the elderly and the ill are most vulnerable to the heat so keep them protected or check in on elderly or sick relatives or friends to make sure they're okay.

Posted by linda at August 8, 2007 7:43 AM

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