Indianapolis, June 13, 2022–The latest weather forecasts indicate temperatures in the high-90s are arriving soon and Eskenazi Health emergency physicians have several suggestions designed to help keep you cool and comfortable during this difficult time.
Dangerous heat strokes are all too common when it gets unusually hot outside, and they occur when the body can no longer control its temperature. During brutally hot conditions, the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause permanent disability or death if the person does not receive emergency treatment.
Heat strokes can be prevented by avoiding long exposure to the sun, especially from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which is the hottest period of the day. Spending too much time in sweltering heat and humidity, along with dehydration, may create an extremely hazardous situation.
“Preparation is vitally important in avoiding heat stroke in dangerously hot temperatures, and doing all you can to keep your body’s core temperature at a normal level is always advisable in these dangerous conditions,” said Dr. Tyler Stepsis, medical director of the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health. “Whenever you can, be sure to check in with those you know who are elderly, young children and infants who are especially predisposed to having a dangerous reaction leading to heat stroke in conditions with high temperatures and stifling humidity.”
Here are some helpful tips to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion:
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