Protecting yourself against heat-related illnesses this summer

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:18 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As central Nebraska experiences a string of more than 90 degree weather, it’s important for people to protect themself against heat-related illnesses. That can include anything from overheating to heat exhausting and even heat stroke.

If possible, doctors recommend to keep fans close by or take air conditioning breaks and stepping inside every once in a while. They also say it’s important to find shade, use sunscreen and to stay hydrated.

“There are a lot of other things to consider too in addition to just electrolytes,” CHI Health St Francis Medical Director of the Emergency Department Dr. Greg Keelan said. “Really kind of monitor your ingestion of things like alcoholic beverages and be cautious of blood pressure medications and medications that could cause dehydration such as diuretics.”

Dr. Keelan said the symptoms can be mild at first, but it doesn’t take long to get serious. Be sure to get out of the heat at the first sign and get medical attention if needed.

“If you start feeling like you’re getting a lot of cramps and you’re starting to feel real dizzy, getting blurred vision or what some would consider numbness or weakness, then we definitely need to probably seek medical attention,” Dr. Keelan said.

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