CCHHS Encourages Residents to Take Precautions During Upcoming Heat Wave

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With the mercury expected to reach the 90s and the heat index soaring near 100 later this week, physicians at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System urge you to take extra measures to stay cool. “When we sweat in high heat and humidity, evaporation slows and the body has to work harder to maintain a normal temperature,” said Emergency Department physician Dr. Robert Feldman. “Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention.” Dr. Feldman suggests avoiding overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities. If you must be outdoors, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Consume plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids. Dr. Feldman encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. On a hot day the temperature inside a car can reach unsafe limits in just minutes. Early signs of heat exhaustion include:

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  • Thirst
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cold and clammy feeling, while still sweating

Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. Symptoms include:

  • Hot and flushed skin, but no sweating
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Unable to walk in straight line
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Rapid pulse
  • Potential loss of consciousness

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