Tri-State doctors urge people to take precautions in hot weather

Tri-State doctors urge people to take precautions in hot weather
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2022 at 11:00 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Dangerous heat hit the Tri-State on Wednesday, and doctors recommended ways to stay safe.

Tri-State health care providers told 14 News that people need to be extra careful because the heat is going to last for most of the week.

Deaconess Emergency Medicine Director, Dr. Gina Huhnke, said that can cause problems if you aren’t taking care of yourself constantly.

She said it can be easy to become dehydrated over the course of a few days if you aren’t taking in extra water and electrolytes.

Dr. Huhnke said the number one thing people can do to stay healthy is staying out of the heat.

For those who absolutely must be outside, it’s recommended that you drink up, wear light clothing and stick to the shade as much as possible.

She also said to avoid being out during the hottest times of the day.

“High-intensity heat between [10 a.m. and 5 p.m.] is when it’s really the worst outside,” Dr. Huhnke said. “If you don’t have to go outside then, please don’t. If you have to go outside, then remember to hydrate a lot. Stay in the shade as much as you can. If you start to feel hot, go in. Don’t overexert yourself.”

She said you should keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion like fatigue or dizziness.

If you or someone else experiences those symptoms, you should get them to a cool place and get them some water.

If they don’t improve, Dr. Huhnke said they should see a doctor.

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