Local Doctor Issues Hot Weather Survival Tips
Along with the soaring temperatures, area hospital emergency rooms are anticipating a surge in patients coming in with heat-related illnesses.
Doctor Brad Pulver, Ocean Medical Center Emergency Department Medical Director says they’re expecting to get cases of dehydration, heat stroke or worst today. However, he says these illnesses are preventable.
Dr. Pulver says “one of the critical pieces is to stay well hydrated. Drink lots and lots of fluid and avoid the direct very hot heat.” He says the very young, old and medically compromised are the most susceptible to heat related illnesses.
Pulver says some of the signs you may be impacted by the heat are joint and abdominal cramping, nausea, feeling weak and not feeling well. He says you may also start to feel dizzy and disoriented. Lack of sweat could also be a bad sign.
If you must work out in the Hazy, Hot and Humid conditions, Pulver says “take frequent breaks, get out of the sun and just stay well hydrated. Drink much more fluid than you would expect that you would need.” And not just any fluid, he advises that you avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. He also says you should drink more than just water. He recommends drinking mineral-replenishing fluids like Gatorade or Pedialyte.