Recognizing the signs of heat stroke

When the temperatures reach the 90s exercising outside can be harmful.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With all the heat and humidity we’ve had these past few days, it’s easy for our bodies to overheat when we’re outside.

When the temperatures reach the 90s, being outside, and especially exercising outside, can cause some serious health risks. The Chief of Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center told 22News the first signs of a heat stroke start with headaches or nausea, and can get much worse.

“When you start not being able to think straight. So anybody who can’t answer questions, who starts to get confused. That would be a sign that’s it’s moved on, become much more serious, and those folks should certainly seek medical attention right away,” said Dr. Joseph Schmidt.

If you have to be outside during extreme heat, drink more fluids, regardless if you’re exercising or not. However, if you are exercising, you should drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour. Just make sure those drinks don’t contain a lot of sugar, and aren’t too cold.

Click Here for more information on how to recognize heat stroke. Also, make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest temperatures and weather updates, on-air and on WWLP.com.

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