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Tri-State under heat warning; Experts explain signs of heat exhaustion

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Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 6:03 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 10:56 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - It is hot, and it’s only going to get hotter as the day goes on.

Dr. Gina Huhnke at Deaconess Henderson is gearing up for the heat wave.

“We know that we will see people that have been exposed to the heat and need our services over the next couple of days,” Huhnke said.

A heat wave isn’t stopping Madeline Macon from getting her workout in during her lunch break.

“Lunch time is definitely the time that works best for me as a working mom,” she said.

When the temps are this high, she listens to her body to make sure she doesn’t overdo it.

“It’s all about staying hydrated,” Macon said. “In this kind of heat I do a walk/run kind of routine, I don’t just make myself run the whole time.”

The Tri-State is under a heat warning, and it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion.

Huhnke says there’s a fine line between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Signs of heat exhaustion include, aches, cramping, nausea and overall tiredness. If you feel these, head inside to cool down.

If it escalates to an altered mental state, passing out, or seizures, Huhnke says call 911. You could be having a heat stroke.

“Sometimes you can go from just feeling overheated to that heat stroke spectrum very quickly, in the matter of 15 to 20 minutes sometimes,” Huhnke said.

If you have to be outside, Huhnke recommends light breathable clothes and staying hydrated.

“Go ahead and hydrate before you go outside, don’t wait til you get outside,” said Huhnke. “Not just water, but some solutions with electrolytes.”

“You just have to know your body and know your limit,” said Macon. “If you’re sensitive to the heat check the weather and see when it’s going to be the coolest outside for you.”

If you think you’re experiencing heat exhaustion, the Mayo Clinic says to stop all activity and rest, move to a cooler place and drink cool water or sports drinks.

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