July 30, 2006
Prevent Heat-Related Illness
Kathleen Smith, Public Health Director for the Oswego County Health Department, today warned people in Oswego County to drink plenty of fluid and take other steps to prevent heat-related illness.
Even people who are physically fit can suffer heat-related illness, Smith said. Infants and young children, people over age 65, and people with chronic respiratory illnesses are at greater risk of suffering health problems in hot and humid weather. She encourages residents to call or check in on elderly relatives and neighbors during this heat wave.
Heat stroke occurs when a person's body temperature goes over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Smith offers these suggestions to help keep comfortable and prevent heat-related illness during hot and humid weather:
A person may not have heat or sun stroke, but can experience heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Heat exhaustion symptoms include cold, pale, clammy skin, fainting and vomiting. Move the person to an area out of the direct sunlight and put a washcloth or towel with cool water on the back of their neck or forehead. Give them water every 15 minutes for one hour.
Heat cramps are painful spasms in the legs and abdomen. To relieve heat cramps, apply pressure on the cramping muscles or gently massage them. As in the case of heat exhaustion, give the person sips of water every 15 minutes for one hour.
Smith said people with questions should contact their health care provider.
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