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Dangerously High Temperatures in the Forecast

July 16, 2019

 

 

The National Weather service is forecasting the heat index to be over 100 degrees for Wednesday July 18th. Residence of Madison should take precautions when working outside or while doing strenuous exercises. 

 

Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and look for signs of heat stress and heat stroke.

 

According to The Mayo Clinics website -Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. The condition is most common in the summer months.Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.

 

Heatstroke signs and symptoms include:

  • High body temperature. A core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher, obtained with a rectal thermometer, is the main sign of heatstroke.

  • Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.

  • Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly moist.

  • Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.

  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.

  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.

  • Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.

  • Headache. Your head may throb.

 

Make sure you look out for these signs and seek help immediately if you have them or observe them in a co-worker or friend.

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