Staying healthy in the heat

Staying healthy in the heat

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Paramedics in East Texas say despite Texas being known for its heat they continue to get several calls about people overheating.

They worry people continue to ignore the signs that could lead to heat-related illnesses.

Staying cool is a must during this summer season.

"When you get hot and you sweat the sweat is supposed to evaporate to cool your skin," said Vicky LaMay a paramedic with UT Health East Texas. "But with the high humidity, we have here, that sweat does not evaporate and it becomes a layer that traps heat."

LaMay says because of humidity a case of mild heat exhaustion can quickly develop into a heat stroke.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the elderly, children and people with chronic illnesses are more prone to health-related problems.

LaMay adds that each body adjusts differently to heat, so it's important to spot the signs whether you're indoors or outdoors.

"First, you get thirsty and you start sweating, and then you can develop a headache," said LaMay "Then you start getting dizzy, nauseated. Once you get to vomiting those are signs you should call 911."

In some cases, LaMay says a person can get to the point of passing out or have a seizure that could lead to cardiac arrest.

The CDC reports that more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.

The CDC recommends staying cool by wearing light and loose-fitting clothing. Also, limit outdoor activate, but if you have to be outside pace yourself.

It's also key to stay hydrated during these hot days. It is recommended to drink more fluids than usual. Do not let yourself get thirsty if you get thirsty LaMay says that is a sign that your body is already dehydrated.  And when it comes to deciding what to drink LaMay suggest to alternate between water and fluids with electrolytes because the body needs a balance of both.

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