Health Department issues High Temperature Heat Warning

By WEEK Producer

Health Department issues High Temperature Heat Warning

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- High temperatures are expected to continue through Friday and the Illinois Department of Public Health is urging residents to know the symptoms of avoid heat-related illnesses.

While the body normally cools itself by sweating, when temperatures and humidity are extremely high sweating may not be effective in maintaining a normal temperature.

Heat-related illnesses can be serious and even deadly if left unattended.

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

- Headache
- Red, dry face
- Skin hot to touch
- Body temperature of 105 or more
- Loss of consciousness
- Seizures, irregular heartbeat

Heat stroke treatment: Call 911. Quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around them. If the victim refuses water, is vomiting or shows a decreased level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

- Dizziness
- Cool, clammy skin
- Nausea
- Heavy perspiration
- Muscle tremors, cramping

Heat exhaustion treatment: Move the person to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths. Give water to slowly drink.

It is important to note that heat exhaustion can happen both indoors and outdoors, with or without exercise.

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