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Beat the Heat: Safety Tips from ER Doctor

Common and not-so-common tips to protecting you and your family during the spring/summer months.
PEORIA - The temperature is rising and doctors want to remind you that sunscreen shouldn’t be your only line of defense.

Doctors at Unity Point Health – Proctor say they see an increased number of heat exhaustion and dehydration around this time of year.

If you’re at the pool, doing yard work or simply getting in some exercise, you should keep hydrated by drinking 16oz. of fluids.

Dr. James Hubler, Emergency Room Director at Proctor, says there are a number of symptoms that show you may need more than just rest and rehydration.

"If you're dizzy, fast heart rate, confusion, pass out., those things mean you're more severe,” says Dr. Hubler. “If you have a temperature over 103, that's a sign of a heat stroke and you need to be seen immediately."

Dr. Hubler says children, older adults and people who are 50-70 pounds overweight are more likely to experience heat-related health problems.

Some recommendations for beating the heat are:
  • Limit outdoor activities to early morning or later evening when it's cooler outside.
  • Always apply sunscreen 30-60 minutes before being in the sun.
  • If you're new to exercise, consult a physician first.
  • Limit outdoor exercise when heat index is above 90 degrees.
  • Don't limit your hydration to water. Drink sports drinks as well.
  • Wear brimmed hats and/or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun.
  • If you rest and hydrate, but don't feel better within 30 minutes, seek medical help.
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