Warning: Too much time in the heat can make you sick (pets, too)
Here’s a rundown of heat-related illnesses, their symptoms and what to do. Again, courtesy of the Maine CDC.
- hot, dry, red skin (no sweating)
- rapid pulse
- high body temperature (≥ 105 F)
- loss of alertness
- rapid and shallow breathing
- unconsciousness or coma
What to do: Call 911 immediately. Cool the person rapidly by moving them out of the sun and into a shady or cooler area; applying cool water or ice to the head, neck, armpits and groin area; fanning; and loosening their clothing.
To read the rest of “Warning: Too much time in the heat can make you sick (pets, too),” an article by Bangor Daily News blogger Diane Atwood, please follow this link to the BDN online.