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Blistering temperatures increase risk for heat stroke amid heat advisory

Extreme heat kills 33 people in Canada; US also sees heat-related deaths
Posted at 12:16 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 12:16:36-04

LANSING, Mich. — Temperatures are going to be reaching the mid 90s this weekend and anyone outside should be cautious because temperatures like this could send someone to the hospital.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two serious concerns on these hot days.

Heat exhaustion is how the body responds to losing water from sweating.

Someone experiencing heat exhaustion may get headaches, feel nauseous, dizzy and weak.

Heat exhaustion can lead to a heat stroke which is why it's important to stay hydrated and find a cool area to rest in throughout the day.

People should avoid doing any strenuous activity like running, playing sports, outside construction, or landscaping.

The most important time to avoid going outside is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.

Heat exhaustion can effect anyone but adults aged 65 or older are more likely to develop heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Babies are also at risk as well.

Miranda Cristales, a physicians assistant at Sparrow said, "Infants and babies can't tell you if they're too hot or too cold. They also can't sweat as well. So it's really important to check on them, check their temperature, remove their clothing, and keep them out of the sun if possible.

Cristales also said with temperatures as high as they're going to be, a baby can suffer from a heat stroke within five minutes if they're left in a car.

"Even a quick run into the store and run out they can be at 107 degrees in the car and be potentially life threatening," said Cristales.

Heat stroke is the most serious of any heat-related illness, which is caused by the body's temperature to overheat to 104 degrees or hotter.

When someone experiences a heat stroke they often stop sweating which means their body can't get rid of excessive heat.

It can cause seizures and even be fatal.

Those on medications should also avoid too much sun exposure.

Medications like blood pressure and heart medications, diuretics, and anticholinergics, which are used for women with bladder or urinary incontinence, can dehydrate the user making them more prone to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

If someone feels they're suffering from heat they should place cool washcloths all over their body, take a cool bath, drink fluids, and take a nap.

Heat stroke should be treated as an emergency and should call 911 immediately.

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