Health Officials Urge Caution in Severe Summer Heat

by scrosby on June 21, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby

The Louisville area’s above average temperatures for June continue this week with predicted highs in the mid-to-upper 90s.

Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman says people should be aware of the danger of heat-related illness.

“Use common sense, first of all, and limit the amount of time you spend out in this kind of blazing heat,” says Troutman. “Things can go wrong fairly quickly, particularly if you’re not adequately hydrated, or if you have a chronic illness, or other problems that may lead you to have some difficulty in the heat.”

Troutman says the very young and the very old are most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as well as those with chronic illness, including mental illness.

He says if you are out and about, and start to feel sick, find your way indoors as soon as possible.

“If anyone finds that they’re getting a little confused and are not quite clear on what’s going on, that would be a sign that they’re heading for trouble,” says Troutman.

Other signs of heat exhaustion include clammy skin, nausea, muscle cramps, and dizziness.

Troutman adds one of the keys to avoiding such illness is to stay hydrated, even when you aren’t outdoors.

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