SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sometimes the heat can get to us, especially during the summer season. This can sometimes lead to heat strokes.
Realizing you are having a heat stroke is the first step, than acting on it is the next.
Some summer days can be hot, humid, and sometimes even draining. Whether you are working out in the heat or enjoying a day off, sometimes the heat can get to you.
The main symptoms of a heat stroke, is becoming light headed and confused.
Joseph Schmidt, Vice Chair and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, told 22News, “The definition of a heat stroke is when people have confusion with increased body temperatures, one of the challenges is that people get confused and it’s the people around them that recognize it.”
When this occurs, get out of the sun and take a break, if the symptoms continue, it is best to seek medical attention.
Some residents when out in the heat try to prevent themselves from over heating, which can be done in may ways.
Jack Erickson, of Avon, Connecticut, told 22News he, “Stays in the shade and keeps a lot of activity to a minimum,” on hotter days.
Some people don’t know when they are having a heat stroke so it is important to take all the safety precautions before heading out into the heat.
Some ideas are to stay inside it if it too hot out for you, limit activity outside and slow down if running around, and of course stay hydrated.
Wearing the appropriate clothes when outdoors is an option also, such as hats and sunglasses.
Extra precaution should be used for those who are sensitive to the heat, and especially the elderly and the young.
It is better to stay safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your health. Take it slow when out in the summer heat this season.