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Staying Cool in the Summer

Posted Jun 29 2010 12:00am
As Baltimore residents stagger through another week of high temperatures, health experts once again are stressing the importance of staying hydrated.

Chandresh Shelat , M.D., Sinai ER-7, spoke with WJZ-TV last week about the heat.

"Your blood pressure can drop; you can get confused," he said, and the consequences can be deadly without following common sense precautions.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention , the signs of heat stroke can include
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
Heat exhaustion symptoms include dizziness, headache, fatigue, paleness and heavy sweating.

In extreme weather, those without air conditioning should take a shower or bath to cool down or move to an air-conditioned location. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and, of course, drink lots of water. Remember to check on elderly neighbors.

Pets are also at risk in this hot weather - remember to make sure our friends with fur coats have plenty of water and access to cool spots. Never leave a pet in the car.

To learn more, read the CDC report on Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety .
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