Symptoms related to heat-induced illnesses

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Symptoms related to heat-induced illnesses
Seniors should take extra precautions these next several days for excessive heat in the area. Seniors are especially prone to complications related to excessive heat.

The National Weather service has issued a heat advisory. That means there is a heat index of 105 degrees but less than 115 degrees for less than 3 hours per day or nighttime lows above 80 degrees.

An excessive heat warning means the heat index is at least 105 degrees for more than 3 hours per day for 2 consecutive days, or when the heat index is more than 115 degrees for any period of time.

Symptoms of heat-induced illness include:

• increased body temperature• extremely hot and dry skin
• strong, rapid pulse rate• vomiting
• dizziness
• throbbing headache
Heat exhaustion symptoms include:
• heavy sweating
• weakness
• skin cold, pale and clammy
• weak and shallow pulse
• vomiting and fainting possible

Symptoms of heat stroke:

• high body temperature (106 degrees or higher)
• skin hot and dry
• rapid and strong pulse
• rapid and strong pulse
• possible unconsciousness
Heat stroke: Seek help immediately


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