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How to avoid heat exhaustion this week

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 08, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — With 90 degree heat and humidity expected this week, you're probably excited to head outdoors for a swim and soak up the sun.

But experts say that's not a good idea, and can lead to heat exhaustion.

You should limit the amount of time you're spending outdoors. If have to go outside, make sure you wear sunscreen, and drink lots of fluids.

"Respond to your thirst. Your body is telling you that it needs fluids, and the best thing is liquids like water, Gatorade, Pedialyte for little kids and things so that you can maintain your electrolytes," said Dr. Tim Gabryel from Mercy Hospital.

Not sure if you have enough fluids on board? Dr. Gabryel said the way to tell is simple, you should be going to the bathroom on a regular basis. Urine should be either clear or a pale yellow.

AMR also reminds you to drink lots of water and avoid drinks with caffeine, sugar, or alcohol.

Stay out of direct sunlight and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.

These tips combined should protect you from heat exhaustion. But Dr. Gabryel said the best treatment is to not get it at all.

"What we recommend to all of our patients first and foremost, whether you're young, old or whatever, stay home in the air conditioning and keep cool," he said.

If there's no air-conditioning in your home, AMR said to look for nearby cooling shelters, or spend the day in a cool public space like a library or community center.

If you feel dizzy, confused or notice you stopped sweating, those could be signs of heat stroke, and you should head to the ER for evaluation.

AMR tells us crews in Buffalo have transported six patients in June and July to date for heat-related emergencies.

"In the emergency room, if you're truly dehydrated we can replace your fluids much more easily with intravenous fluids and the like," said Dr. Gabryel.

Don't forget about your pets, make sure to check the back seat of you car for any pets that may have snuck in.