Doctors warn people about hot temperatures

Doctors warn people about hot temperatures

CHARLESTON, SC - Doctors say our hot weather has the potential to make you seriously sick, or worse.

Dr. Daniel Park, a physician at MUSC, says now is the time when emergency rooms see an up-tick in patients who suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion are headaches, dizziness, and fainting.

While symptoms of heat stroke include nausea, vomiting, and a body temperature of over 104 degrees.

"Infants and toddlers and the elderly are at the most risk for heat illness," Dr. Park said.

It's not just family members of kids and elderly folks who Dr. Park wants to warn about Charleston's hot temperatures, it's also tourists who are visiting from cold climates, like North Dakota and Minnesota.

"If you're not climatized to the heat here, you have to be prepared," Dr. Park said.

If you're thinking about having a beer or soda by the pool today, Dr. Park says to think twice.

"We try to discourage alcoholic beverages and sugar containing beverages because that could lead to worsening dehydration," he said.

Dehydration is the main cause of heat stroke, a heat related illness that Dr. Park says can happen to anyone.

"The neurological consequences can be pretty severe," Dr. Park said.

Heat stroke can also lead to death.

To prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion while you work and play outside, Dr. Park says to drink several cups of water each hour.

"Five to six cups of water every hour you are out in the direct sun light and heat," Dr. Park recommended.