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....According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 400 Americans die each year due to summer’s sweltering heat.Everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees but the elderly, the very young and people under certain medical conditions are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses.
Heat-related illnesses--which include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash-are caused by overexposure to sun or high temperatures. Under normal conditions, the body behaves like a thermostat and maintains a constant temperature. But when the temperature soars too high, the body becomes unable to control its temperature and the body’s temperature system is overloaded. The body is sweating, but the sweat is not evaporating due to humidity. The body is unable to cool down. The body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes.When the body's temperature soars this high, the body's temperature gets overheated, it destroys the proteins that control the brain and other vital organs. The result: brain damage or even death.
....Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death if unattended. Signs of heat-related illnesses is starting include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches.
Victims of heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place, given cool water to drink and ice packs or cool wet cloths should be applied to the skin. If a victim refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.
Warning signs of heat stroke include:
..• An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
..• Get the victim to a shady area.
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