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Signs to search for, prevention methods and what to do if somebody’s in hassle.

 

July is the most well liked month on the calendar. If you reside in New Jersey, which endures the double-whammy of spiking temperatures and stifling humidity, likelihood is you’ll be dehydrated sooner or later. And you in all probability will expertise warmth exhaustion, too.

Those circumstances can lead to heatstroke, which is life-threatening.

Dr. Vikram Varma, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Community Medical Center in Toms River, sees sufferers affected by heat-related sicknesses on a regular basis. According to Varma, listed here are the indicators of an issue, some primary prevention tips and key steps to take if somebody is in hassle.

Know the indicators

For warmth exhaustion: “Very thirsty, weak, tired, with a lot of sweating,” Varma stated. “Sometimes a headache, nausea and vomiting. Heat exhaustion comes first. That leads to heatstroke if not treated properly.”

For dehydration: “Lips and tongue get very dry,” Varma stated. “You’re feeling weak and tired. Maybe muscle cramps, and your skin may be paler. Those are the early signs of dehydration.”

A late signal? “Tenting of the skin (when you pinch the skin and it doesn’t return to its normal shape upon release) is a later sign and suggests that you are seriously ill,” Varma stated.

“Also, watch your urine production,” he added. “If you’re producing less urine than usual or the color is becoming darker, that suggest you are behind on fluids.”

For heatstroke: “People are more confused, having headaches, don’t sweat much or stop sweating entirely,” Varma stated. “Body temperature is high, 104 degrees.”

Prevention methods

Water is the undisputed champ when it comes to preventing heat-related maladies.

“You should be drinking seven or eight glasses of water on a regular basis,” Varma stated. “If you’re active, you might double that.”

Gatorade and different electrolyte dietary supplements are OK, Varma stated, “as long as you watch the sugar content.”

What to keep away from?

“Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcoholic drinks, even if they’re diluted with water,” he stated. “Fruit juices, especially for kids, can have a very high sugar content and that doesn’t help.”

Parents must be vigilant about holding their youngsters hydrated; it’s not one thing that tends to be excessive on youngsters’ precedence record when they’re outdoors enjoying.

For people of all ages, apparel additionally issues.

“Wear hats; that’s very important,” Varma stated. “Wear loose, cotton clothing — lighter colors, because darker colors attract heat.”

Of course there’s a common sense element to this, too. Try to keep within the shade. Take frequent breaks in any extended actions. Never depart youngsters or pets in automobiles, even for simply a few minutes.

If indicators of warmth exhaustion or dehydration start to seem, transfer to a cooler surroundings and drink cool water. Those easy steps assist avert the worst-case state of affairs — heatstroke.

Addressing heatstroke

Heatstroke, probably the most extreme heat-related sickness, kills tons of of Americans every summer time. Those on the biggest danger are youngsters beneath four and seniors over 65.

It’s necessary to know that the mercury doesn’t have to be hovering for heatstroke to strike.

“Last weekend (June 17-18), even though it wasn’t hot it was muggy, and we saw people coming in with fainting episodes and passing out,” Varma stated.

Once somebody’s physique temperature creeps over 102 levels, they need to search quick medical consideration, Varma stated.

In the meantime, physique temperatures may be lowered by icing the strain points—the neck, groin and armpits.

Those are the fundamentals. One other thing: As seashore and pool season hits full swing this week, Varma doesn’t need to scare individuals into retreating to air-conditioned dwelling rooms.

“Activity is important,” he stated. “We want to get people outside and in the water. Just be safe and use common sense.”

Staff author Jerry Carino: jcarino@gannettnj.com.

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