State health officials warn about heat cramps, stroke

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Amid rising temperatures, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reminds Hoosiers how to avoid heat-related health issues.

“These hot conditions can be a dangerous time for Hoosiers,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams. “If you’re going to be outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.”

Heat cramps are muscular pains in the abdomen, legs, and arms that occur from strenuous activity and increased sweating. Other symptoms can include paleness, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and fainting.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation in which the body is unable to regulate it’s temperature and cannot cool itself down. Body temperature may also rise rapidly and can reach 106 degrees. Other symptoms can include red, hot and dry skin without sweating, a rapid and strong pulse, throbbing headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. The ISDH recommends calling 911 immediately.

To avoid these and other heat-related health problems, the ISDH offers the following reminders:

  • Drink plenty of cool water
  • Avoid prolonged exposure outdoors during high temperatures
  • Go to a public location that provides air-conditioning, should you not have air conditioning in your home.
  • Take cool baths or showers
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Slow your normal pace.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Draw shades, blinds and curtains in rooms exposed to direct sunlight.

To learn more about health and your health, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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