The weather in Texoma is looking to be sunny, hot and dry. As the sun beats down, triple digit temperatures are being recorded sending many people to the hospital for heat-related illnesses.
"We see a lot of problems related to heat this time of year when the temperatures start to go very high" says Wichita Falls Family Health Center Program Director Dr. Ahmed Mattar M.D.
Heat-related illnesses could potentially be fatal and should not be taken lightly. The body's ability to cool itself becomes unstable during extremely hot weather. Symptoms of heat-related illnesses happen gradually which poses a dangerous health risk.
Dr. Mattar said, "Fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea, sometimes vomiting and people will feel kind of dry. Suddenly people find out they are not sweating anymore and that's a pretty bad hint."
Children under four years old and people 65 and older are most at risk. Those who are overweight, have diabetes or other debilitating diseases are also vulnerable. Those that work outside must frequently take breaks underneath some shade and drink fluids even before you become thirsty.
When experiencing these heat-related symptoms, the key is to re-hydrate immediately with water and sports drinks like Gatorade. Coffee, tea, soda and alcohol are highly discouraged since it will contribute to further dehydration.
IF you have to be outside, wear light, loose clothing. Avoid direct sun light, use sunscreen, hat and sunglasses for extra protection.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention an average of 700 people die each year from heat related illnesses.