Extreme Heat Causing Concern with Heat Related Illnesses

Extreme Heat Causing Concern with Heat Related Illnesses

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 6:10 PM

REDDING, Calif - Summer in Redding is starting off hot, and by hot we mean really hot.

“It’s like 100-percent hot,” said 5-year-old Rosale Struck.

And while some children are enjoying the water, doctors are warning people about the dangers of the extreme heat.

Action News Now spoke with healthcare professionals at Shasta Regional Center and Mercy Medical to find out just how dangerous heat-related illnesses are.

“We’ve had some heat exhaustion and some heat cramping, and even what they call heat syncope which is when you pass out because it’s hot outside," said ER Physician for Shasta Region, Allen Patee

Professionals say other symptoms of heat-related illnesses include dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, and fainting.

But it’s not just the elderly and children you should watch out for.

Health professionals say the heat can affect everyone including your child at summer camp, the postal workers who deliver your mail, or even you while you’re running errands.

“The elderly and the young normally show symptoms right away, but healthy individuals can show symptoms a little bit later. Very variable everyone is different and that’s the problem with heat exhaustion," said Stephanie Webb, a nurse for Mercy Medical.

That’s why doctors say they really push the message of staying safe during the summer.

In fact, everyone we spoke with said the same thing.

“The big thing is to obviously avoid the heat as much as possible if you start getting symptoms like feeling light-headed, weak," said Patee.

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