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A First Med Urgent Care Heatstroke Warning

First Med Urgent Care: Keeping you informed

The warm weather is nice for getting outdoors and enjoying the pool, hiking or other fun activities, but there is a risk of staying in the heat too long. Our urgent care staff wants to inform you of the dangers that exist in order to keep people safer. An average body temperature is said to be within the vicinity of 98.6° F. If you have been in the heat too long your body temperature can rise too high and one condition known by urgent care staff and many patients is called heatstroke. A person can begin to have a heatstroke if their body temperature rises to 104° F.

Our urgent care staff suggests that if you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, flushed, have a headache or have trouble breathing after being outdoors in the heat for too long, get inside or in shade quickly. Hydrate immediately with cold water and place ice on your neck. If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing heatstroke, please call 911. When your body overheats as a result of having a heatstroke it needs immediate attention!

According to information, also found at sites like Mayo Clinic, untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage can get worse with the more time that passes which can further increase risk of serious complications. Your conditions could be too strong to simply visit an urgent care, so please be careful. Our urgent care staff want you to keep in mind some tips that you could utilize to prevent heatstroke. The following is a quick list:

1.) Avoid sunburn with frequent sunscreen application.
2.) Drink plenty of fluids.
3.) Wear lightweight clothing.
4.) Don’t stay outside or in a parked care too long.
5.) Be careful while playing or exercising outside.

Have fun out there, but be safe!