scorching dog days of summer are a reminder of the danger of
exhaustion and heatstroke are the main medical problems that
can affect anyone, but particularly afflict the very old and
exhaustion can make you sick, while heatstroke can kill you.
Knowing the difference in their symptoms can be lifesaving.
first signs that you may be overheating are muscle cramps,
said Dr. Bjorn Peterson, an emergency room doctor with
stage is heat exhaustion.
exhaustion is when you start to feel pretty lousy,"
gray or pale appearance
and clammy skin
in this condition, you are still able to sweat ó one of the
ways the body gets rid of heat.
water evaporates off our skin and into the air. When itís
humid, you canít do that because the moisture content in the
air is too high. Thatís what weíre getting into this
week." Peterson said.
treated, heat exhaustion can turn into the far-more-serious
heatstroke. That occurs when a body cannot cool quickly enough
and the core body temperature rises to a dangerous level.
signs of heatstroke are:
and dry skin
point, itís a medical emergency and immediate action is
folks showing signs of heatstroke out of the sun and into the
shade and call for medical help, Peterson said. Also, cool
them off quickly by dousing them with cold water and putting
fans on them. Or put them into a bathtub with ice water.
enthusiasts who insist on exercising outside this week should
take some precautions to avoid medical problems, Peterson
advised. Drink plenty of water, but donít wait until youíre
thirsty, he said. Pre-hydrate and pace yourself during your
workout. And listen to your body.
about common sense and knowing your bodyís limits,"