Take steps to stay out of emergency room in the heat

Baltimore has already experience its first two Code Red Heat Alert days, and the weekend forecast is for more high temperatures.

Here are some reminders from Johns Hopkins emergency physicians about how to stay healthy in extreme heat:

+Drink a lot of water, about 8 ounces per hour, and avoid restrictive clothing that promotes sweating. Dehydration can lead to muscle spasms, seizures and coma.

+Avoid long periods in the heat by staying inside in air conditioning as much as possible.

+Take a lot of breaks from exercising in the heat.

The doctors say kids and seniors are especially at risk for heat illnesses, so look out for them.

Symptoms of trouble include increased thirst, muscle cramps and dizziness. Get out of the heat immediately and rehydrate, doctors say. Get medical attention immediately for someone who is vomiting, confused or losses consciousness because they are signs of heatstroke.  

“Remember that mild heat illness can progress to heatstroke if steps are not taken to reverse climbing body temperatures,” said Dr. Tina Latimer, in a statement.

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