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Local doctors warn about heat-related issues

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As the strongest forecasted heatwave of the summer gets underway today, local doctors are preparing for the possibility of more visits to the emergency room for heat related issues.

Local doctors said it's important to spend as much time out of the heat as possible, and use local cooling centers if you don't have air conditioning.

Blessing E-R Physician Doctor Antony Wollaston stated in many cases heat related illnesses can happen very quickly, but especially for those who work outside it's important to consider the possibility of long term dehydration.

"It can also develop insidiously over days," said Wollaston. "So, if your working outside in a multitude of days, dehydration can progress and get worse, so it can be a multi-day event too."

Wollaston endorsed drinking water and drinks with electrolytes on a regular basis to stay hydrated, especially before and after being outside for any prolonged period of time.

Some of the most common signs of heat exhaustion include Headache, dizziness, light-headedness, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea and vomiting, lack of sweating despite the heat, and rapid heartbeat.

Wollaston added it's especially important for those who work outside to pay extra attention and listen to your body for any of these warning signs.

"In context, if you're aware that you're an outside person, you're working in an extreme heat environment, and you can anticipate those sort of things, those warning signs may be useful," he said.

If you have a strong or notice multiple signs of heat exhaustion, Wollaston said you should be taken to the hospital or Emergency Room immediately.

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