Guest Blogger: Patti Blair, Benefits & Risk Manager

As the temperatures raise so do your chances of experiencing a heat related illness. To prevent heat related illnesses the Mayo Clinic recommends you  wear loose fitting, light weight, light-colored clothing, avoid sunburn, drink plenty of fluids, avoid hot spots, and allow your body acclimate to the heat.

Recognizing the signs of a heat related illness early can save your life. Two of the most common heat related illnesses are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Some signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, or fainting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you are experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion you should move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen your clothing, apply cool, wet clots to as much of your body as possible, and sip water. If you have vomited and it continues seek medical attention immediately.

According to the Mayo Clinic symptoms of heatstroke may include high body temperature (above 104), altered mental state, alteration in sweating, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart, and headache.  If you are experiencing a heat stroke seek medical help immediately. While waiting for emergency treatment you should get into shade or go indoors, remove excess clothing, and cool down by getting into a cool bath, shower or spraying yourself with a garden hose, applying ice packs or wet clothes to your head, neck, armpits, or groin.

Another idea for staying cool this summer is to come visit us at Win-River Resort & Casino for fun games, cool drinks, great food, and the best air conditioning in town.

For reference and more information see links below.

http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-exhaustion/basics/prevention/con-20033366

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/basics/symptoms/con-20032814

 

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