Signs and symptoms of heatstroke

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – With warm weather in the forecast, a lot of people are going to want to spend the 4th of July outdoors.

While you have fun in the sun make time to take care of yourself.

Heatstroke is a common side effect of too much sun.

It happens when your body’s ability to regulate your temperature is so overwhelmed you overheat.

Children and older people often experience it.

However, findings from a Collaborative Project between Minnesota and Wisconsin health departments found people between ages 15 to 34 are most likely to visit the emergency room for heat-related illness.

Common symptoms of heatstroke are feeling dizzy, light-headed, nausea, and even clammy and cold.

One health expert says it’s important to recognize these symptoms before there’s an emergency situation.

“When I would really start getting worried is if someone was having confusion or people around you were thinking you’re not acting yourself. At that point I’d really want to get someone to a cooler, safe environment and call emergency services,” said Dr. Zach April, Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System.

To avoid heatstroke, wear non-restrictive, lightweight clothing.

Listen to your body!

Move into the shade when you start feeling too warm.

Wear and reapply sunscreen to avoid a burn.

And drink lots of water!

Remember, La Crosse public drinking fountains are turned off, so keep a water bottle with you.

For more information about heatstroke, click here.

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