What's Going Around: Heat Stroke

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:36:15 CST

Heat stroke is something we don't always think about but it's vital to know about it. News 5's Ginger ten Bensel has a look at some ways to keep yourself safe. This summer has had a few cool days but as we all know too well it's been a pretty hot summer and heat stoke can be a serious concern for people working outside all day in the hot conditions. Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says that heat stroke is a medical emergency and it can be deadly. Symptoms of a heat stroke include being disoriented and confused, having hot dry skin with no sweating, muscle cramping, a throbbing headache, breathing fast, rapid heartbeat, fever and loss of consciousness. With a heat stroke the body temperature goes up to 105 degrees. When you hear about children dying from accidently being left in a hot car it's because they had a heat stroke. In the case of a heat stroke call 911. Get the person to a cool area, near a fan and mist them with water. Also get the person's core body temperature down as soon as possible. Place ice packs on the neck, the middle of the back, as well as the arm pits. Doctor Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says that gastroenteritis is going around. He's also seen skin infections, namely Cellulites. And he has had patients come in with allergies.