High Temperatures Causing Heat-Related Illnesses

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POSTED: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 1:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 1:24pm

We have had record high temperatures lately and the fire department has responded to 20 heat-related calls so far this year. With more triple-digit temperatures on the way, health experts said the heat can cause a lot of problems.

They said the biggest problem here in El Paso is dehydration. The symptoms for dehydration are usually thirst and, though it may sound strange,  fever. But dehydration is not the only illness associated with the heat.

"Heat-related incidents can be from anywhere from just heat exhaustion to heat stroke," said Caryn Iverson, the chief nursing officer at Las Palmas Medical Center.

"With heat stroke, if we don't get to them quick enough they actually will die in minutes," she said.

The easiest way to stay healthy is to not wait until you are thirsty. Keep drinking all day and don't go outside during the hottest part of the day. Iverson recommended 10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day during the summer.

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