Signs of heat-related illnesses

WASHINGTON – Any time the weather gets hot the risk of heat-related illnesses rises.

For those who work outside, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas.

Too much time outside in this heat can make you sick.

So what are the signs that you’re getting overheated? The Red Cross says you need to watch for the following signs:

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Normal body temperature;
  • May have cool, moist, pale or flushed skin;
  • Heavy sweating;
  • Headache;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Dizziness;
  • Exhaustion.

What to do about heat exhaustion:

  • Get the person out of the heat and into a cooler place.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths.
  • Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes.

Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Body temperature as high as 105 degrees;
  • Skin that’s red and hot;
  • Changes in consciousness;
  • Rapid, weak pulse;
  • Rapid, shallow breathing.

What to do about heat stroke:

  • Help is needed fast.
  • Move the person to a cooler place.
  • Quickly cool the body.
  • Watch for signals of breathing problems.

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