BEATING THE HEAT: STAYING CAUTIOUS CAN PREVENT HEATSTROKE DURING SUMMER DAYS

Heatstroke

children playing, summer

Summertime in the south features scorching summer days, which can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.

High temperatures can lead to heatstroke, a medical emergency that occurs when the body’s temperature rises to 104 degrees. Symptoms of heatstroke include nausea, vomiting, an altered mental state and an increased heart rate.

To help prevent heatstroke, it is important to wear loose clothing and to stay well hydrated.

A golfer at Ol’ Colony has started to slow down his game and drink extra fluids to beat the heat.

“You take 10 or 15 swings and you have to make your way to the watercooler,” Coy Arrowood said. “It’s 100-degree index, it’s hot so you have to be careful out there.”

DCH Hospital physician Elwin Crawford says that that the number of heat strokes cases has lowered this year compared to years prior.

“In my personal opinion, I think people have heeded the warnings,” Crawford. “I think they are doing their work in the early morning or late evening, they’re hydrating, they’re wearing light-colored clothing, etc. So I don’t think we see it quite as much as we used to.”

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