Heat and Your Health

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Harrisonburg -- In our first alert health team. We checked in with our health panel to see if they have seen any heat related incidents. Everyone on our panel said so far they haven't seen any heat incidents.

Dr. Robert Fern with the Valley Pediatric Group tells WHSV the main issues he is seeing are sunburns.

Below, are some health tips to keep in mind when in the sun.

-Use sunscreen with SPF 30, re-apply every 2-3 hours, sometimes earlier if a lot of water exposure.

-Young children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical problems are more at risk.

- Try to do outside activities in mornings by 10am, or after 6pm.

-Drink plenty of water, even before outside activities.

-Sometimes electrolyte replacement (Gatorade, Powerade) is needed if heavy sweating occurs.

- Avoid or minimize caffeine and sodas.

-Take extra rest / breaks and pace yourself.

-Red flags are dizziness, extreme fatigue, feeling of being very over-heated, no longer sweating or feeling clammy, pale skin color, vomiting, thinking difficulties or confusion. If these occur, people need to get to a cool place immediately, hydration with cool fluids, sometimes cool baths or showers, and seek medical care if not improving.

If you have a health question email us at medical@whsv.com


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