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Doctors warn about heat-related illnesses as temperatures rise

There are steps you can take to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2018 6:58 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With temperatures continuing to rise, doctors are warning about heat-related illnesses, particularly heat stroke which is one of the leading causes of death in young adults and teens.

The Oregon Health Authority said there are some warning signs of heat stroke to look out for.

They said this includes:

• Very high body temperature (104 degrees Fahrenheit)
• Red and hot skin
• Rapid and strong pulse
• Unconsciousness

KEZI spoke with Dr. Barry Jarvis with PeaceHealth. Jarvis said heat stroke can cause a permanent disability or even death if not treated immediately. Jarvis said it can be caused by a lot of factors if you're out in the sun too long.

"It's prolonged exposure to heat, especially if you haven't been used to heat,” Jarvis said. “Especially if you're exerting yourself, exercise, vigorous exercise in hot temperature, if you're not hydrated well enough."

If you see someone who may be suffering from heat stroke, you are asked to call 911 immediately and move them to a cooler place and not to give them any fluids, but rather reduce the person's body temperature by using cool cloths or even having them take a cool shower.

Another heat-related illness to look out for is heat exhaustion. According to the Oregon Health Authority the warning signs for heat exhaustion include:

• Heavy sweating
• Becoming weak or fainting
• Cold and clammy skin
• Nausea and vomiting

Jarvis said, similar to getting heat stroke, you get it from overexerting yourself in hot temperatures and too much exposure to the sun. He said heat exhaustion is not life threatening like heat stroke is.

But to treat it you should move locations, lay down, drink water and apply cool, wet cloths to the body.

For more information on heat-related illnesses, click here.

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