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Higher Temps Cause Concern for Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke

July 17, 2013

The higher temperatures are increasing doctors' concern for victims of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Symptoms include nausea, confusion and dizziness.

Heat exhaustion takes place when a person's body temperature heats up to between 100 and 104 degrees. Heat stroke takes place when the body temperature tops 104 degrees.

Heat stroke is something that doesn't necessarily happen at once; it can take place over a period of days. If a person is inside a home without air conditioning, his or her internal body temperature can rise dramatically as the days go by.

"You'd think it happens right away, but it could take a period of days, even," said Kathy Phan, M.D., who works with Martha Jefferson Forest Lakes. "So you really need to be very careful about staying cool and finding a sheltered place when it gets this hot."

Doctors say if someone gets to an air conditioned space and still isn't sweating or cooling down after about 30 minutes, it's time to get to an emergency room.

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