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How To Avoid Getting Sick From The Heat When Temperatures Soar

| May 23, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Dennis Washington

With temperatures forecast to reach near-record highs this weekend, all of us are at greater risk of getting sick from heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses, especially people with heart problems, poor circulation, or diabetes. Those who have suffered a stroke, suffer from obesity or take medications for high blood pressure, nervousness or depression are also at greater risk of becoming sick in hot weather.

To reduce your chances of suffering from heat-related illnesses, the Alabama Department of Public Health suggests you adjust your activities.

The first step to preventing heat-related illnesses is to know when your body is alerting you to a problem. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature control system overloads, causing your body’s temperature to rise rapidly, followed by the failure of your sweating mechanism. Body temperatures can rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes, causing death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not administered quickly.Other signs of heat stroke include:

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