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The heat is too hot to handle


Days of heat have sent some people to hospitals and clinics in our area.

At Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston doctors say  they've seen a handful of patient's  come in with heat-related illnesses. Most were not serious cases.

Emergency room doctors at Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids has seen more patients come in with similar complaints.

Steven Muhle, MD at Ministry Saint Clare's says it is critical that people seek relief from the heat and humidity and stay hydrated.

"You can still go outside and have fun, but the key is to take breaks if you are outside. You can't stay out there for 6 or 7 hours at a time, says Muhle.

There are a number of health complications that come with the heat.

Muhle says some people with suffer heat cramps.

Heat Exhaustion is another one.

Muhle says this is the body's response to excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat.

The warning signs are heavy sweating, paleness, fatigue, dizziness, headache and nausea.

If the symptoms persist or the patient has heart problems or high blood pressure, medical experts advise seeking medical help.

The most serious health problem is Heat Stroke.

Muhle says this is the body's inability to cool  down and the body temperature can rise rapidly to over 106 degrees.

Heat stroke has many of the same symptoms of Heat Exhaustion but the skin is hot and dry and the patient may have a rapid pulse or become unconscious.

It can be fatal and medical treatment is needed immediately.


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