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Dr. Janette: Avoiding Heat Illnesses

The summer heat can turn any outdoor activity into a serious problem. KOLR10's Dr. Janette Nesheiwat shows the dangerous complications caused by heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Well summer time is upon us. And heat is the number one weather related killer in the United States. Each year millions of Americans are exposed to extreme temperatures which sometimes can result in heat exhaustion or stroke - a condition that can sometimes be fatal.


School is out, days are longer, but the temperatures are higher. We need to take caution when it comes to outside activities. Angela Annin was outside only for less than an hour doing yard work when the heat became too much.

"It was really weird, I didn't know what was going on. I was starting to see spots and then all of a sudden I probably blacked out for about five to ten seconds."

Strenuous exercise and activity needs even more attention because heat exhaustion can quickly turn to a heat stroke. Angela's 13-year-old daughter can feel the heat when she plays outside.

"Especially when she starts playing softball she gets hot. And you can just see her face getting really red and she's not sweating. Then all of a sudden you can see her start to bend over holding her legs and she's feeling sick."


Children, athletes, and elderly are more prone to heat related illness although anyone can be affected. If you experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, muscle aches, or body cramps, then you need to get out of the heat right away get into a cool environment, use ice packs, stay hydrated and seek medical attention right away.

Summer is still in full force and temperatures are rising so it's important to maintain hydration. And that means staying hydrated before, during, and after activities. Avoid excessive heat exposure, wear loose, light clothing, and monitor hard or demanding activities.


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