Health Tips
Heatwave Health Tips
Jun 13, 2017 - 11:20:35 AM

( - NEWARK, NJ (June 13, 2017) - The long, hot days of summer can bring dangerously high temperatures,which are oftentimes associated with varying degrees of heat-related illness and injury.

Dr. Eric J. Wasserman, MD, FACEP, Vice Chairman and Medical Director of the Emergency Room at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has a few tips on staying cool, safe and healthy when the weather heats up:

Heat-related emergencies range from mild and reversible heat cramps to more serious conditions such as heat exhaustion and life-threatening heat stroke.

Immediately relocate anyone suffering from these to a cooler location, loosen clothing and begin replenishing fluids.  Active cooling with wet cloths, spray bottles and fans can help reduce body temperatures to a safe range and reverse symptoms.

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  But fainting may be the first sign.

Call 911 immediately for those suffering from severe heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Other symptoms of heat stroke may include:

Preventing heat-related illness and injury in the first place with careful planning and preparation BEFORE heading outdoors is the key to staying safe when temperatures rise.  Have a wonderful summer!


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