Put summer heat in retreat: Protect yourself this summer season
RAPID CITY, S.D. — This weekend will bring some of the hottest days of the year so far, but before you go out and enjoy the summer season, be prepared with sunscreen, water and knowledge.
It’s that time of year, where temperatures rise and people get outside. As that mercury climbs, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses, which can be serious and even fatal if not treated.
Dr. Brook Eide, the Chair of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director at Monument Health, says there are a few signs to watch out for.
“This is a progression. It starts with just some feeling of your mouth being dry, feeling dehydrated, feeling sweaty, feeling hot — then it progresses on to feeling like your mouth is dry and then you’re feeling nauseated. At the end, you start having vomiting,” Dr. Eide says. “When you stop to sweat, it’s when it’s most serious.”
Once you recognize those signs, it’s time to take action immediately. Make sure you get inside and cool down, and make sure that you’re hydrating.
It’s better to be proactive rather than reactive.
“We recommend having some water or something to drink every 15 minutes, staying in the shade when you can, [and] avoiding the time of day when it’s hottest, which is between ten and two,” Dr. Eide says.
Should those symptoms get worse, seek medical treatment immediately.
“You should call 9-1-1 if you get to the point where you’re having confusion,” Dr. Eide adds. “You can have seizures, and when you start to sweat and then stop to sweat, that’s usually the most serious time.”
Fun in the sun doesn’t have to cost you.