With the high temperatures comes an increase in hospital visits, tips on staying safe


With the high temperatures comes an increase in hospital visits.

The heat is on and so is the urge to work and play outside but after a slight increase in visits to the emergency room because of heat-related illnesses, doctors urge people to use caution.

“We’ve had these sort of consistent weather above 98 degrees so particularly among athletes and construction workers we typically see a lot of that,” said John Molesworth, Emergency Doctor Frederick Memorial Hospital

And while we are often told to stay hydrated doctors say pay attention to your body temperature.

“The core body temperature can actually get very high and usually the symptoms can be heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Your body will often develop muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting and on the extreme end confusion,” said Dr. Molesworth.

Doctors say in addition to drinking plenty of water to make sure you replenish your body with sodium and electrolytes.

“I think it’s very important to make sure the fluids contain electrolytes. I would stick to Powerade or Gatorade. Coca-Cola or things like that would probably not be a good idea.”

Health experts also recommend to those exercising outdoors utilizing your local health club for an indoor workout to err on the side of caution. At least until the temperatures drop.

If you find that you like to exercise outdoors more, doctors recommend to do so in the morning before the sun comes up.

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