Health specialist offers advice before potential record breaking heat
Ahead of the weekend which may feature record breaking heat, Dr. Todd Struckman at St. Luke’s is offering some advice to ensure that people enjoy their holiday.
"Humans are amazingly adaptable and most people should be able to enjoy themselves this weekend as long as they follow some simple rules," he explained.
He said people should stay hydrated, not overwork themselves, utilize available shade, and stay mindful of what their bodies are saying.
"Heat exposure is going to cause a few specific symptoms, but the main one is the one that’s the hardest to describe which is just feeling really crappy,” he continued, “Otherwise, a headache and feeling light headed can be a sign of dehydration. Heat stroke, which is a severe heat injury, is usually associated with a legitimate change in mental status like confusion or delirium."
Dr. Struckman said if people are experiencing symptons of heat stroke they need immediate medical attention.
He also stressed that people need to look to help those who can’t necessarily help themselves in the heat.
"A baby can’t tell you it’s thirsty and someone in a wheelchair might not be able to get to a cooler environment, so it’s important that we look out for them.”