Extreme Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat Stroke

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Extreme heat brings chances of dehydration and heat stroke.

“Heat stroke is basically when the body is exposed to high temperatures and can’t release the heat. That’s going to occur when our temps are over 95 degrees, especially when it’s super humid, which is pretty typical of our area during certain times of the summer,” said Dr. Tom Scaletta, Medical Director of Edward Hospital’s Emergency Department. 

It’s the combination of heat and humidity that makes it more difficult for our bodies to cool down. Dr. Scaletta says there are several warning signs of heat exhaustion and potentially heat stroke. 

“You’re going to feel really exhausted at first. You’re going to feel that your heart is beating hard. You’ll start to notice that you’re really getting dizzy, lightheaded. Other people will probably notice that you’re not thinking straight, losing your ability to focus and eventually you could become unconscious,” added Scaletta. 

To beat the heat, experts recommend being indoors and staying hydrated with electrolytes. 

And check on your neighbors, especially if they’re elderly, to make sure they’re staying hydrated and that their air conditioning is working. 

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.