GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts has seen some periods of relentless heat and humidity this summer. It has Emergency Rooms such as at Baystate Franklin Medical Center seeing the results of the heat in patients coming through.
Dr. Thomas Gorman works in the ER at BFMC and said, "We've had a number of people it's usually elderly people who are on a lot of medications that are more susceptible to having heat related problems especially in the middle of the day if you're active and don't have access to air conditioning."
Oppressive heat can make you feel lightheaded or tired which can be quickly corrected by drinking water or finding a place to cool off. Doctors told 22News if you begin to start vomiting, get confused, or run a high fever, you need to seek medical attention.
When someone does come into the Emergency Room with heat related illnesses. The first thing they're prescribed is cooling using basic liquids and sometimes even cooled off IV's.
But it can take a while to cool patients because in many circumstances you have to bring heat levels down gradually.
Joseph McCarthy told 22News he has had heat related illnesses in the past, and it can be frightening.
"Golfing I did I was sick violently sick for 17 hours and it was heat sickness. I was curled up in a ball you get headaches, nausea, and you can't cool your body core down. It happened to me once it's scary."
Doctors say the best defense against heat related illnesses is prevention by staying in a cool place and avoiding outdoor activities when heat is reaching it's highest levels, and drinking proper liquids.