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Polk Health Dept. warns of health issues from heat
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Polk Health Dept. warns of health issues from heat

Bartow - With the temperatures beginning to rise, the Polk County Health Department is urging people to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, such as heat stress, exhaustion, and stroke.

More than 3,000 people are seen each year in emergency rooms for heat-related illnesses.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion vary, but may include heavy sweating, fast, shallow breathing, headaches, paleness, a weak pulse, dizziness, muscle cramps, moist cool skin, nausea, tiredness, vomiting or fainting.

If left untreated, heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke, warn health officials, which occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature.

They advise victims to immediately seek medical attention if any of these symptoms are present:

Hot, dry skin, slurred speech, chills, a throbbing headache, high body temperature, profuse sweating, confusion, dizziness or hallucinations.

To prevent heat-related issues, the health department advises folks to drink plenty of fluids that do not contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, limit outside activity to morning and evening hours, rest often in shady areas, or remain in an air conditioned space.

Dress for summer by wearing lightweight, light-colored, and loose fitting clothing, protect your eyes and skin by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.

Also, do not leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle.  The temperature inside a vehicle can reach 135 degrees in less than ten minutes.

 

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