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.

Heat stroke

  • hot, dry, red skin (no sweating)
  • rapid pulse
  • high body temperature (≥ 105 F)
  • headache
  • loss of alertness
  • confusion
  • 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.

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