Extreme Heat: Doctor’s tips to beat the rising temperatures

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HOUSTON - Just wondering if H-Town should stand for Houston or hell?  It's pretty hot out there.  You don't need the weather report to tell you that.  But you do wanna take some precautions to avoid exhaustion or heat stroke.

"The people who are at greater risk of being injured by the heat are those people who can't get out it and those are the extremes of age: elderly and babies," explained Dr. William Franklin Peacock, Associate Chair of the Emergency Department at Ben Taub Hospital.

If we could only have a portable AC or a personal cloud following us wherever we go.  That's an idea for a startup.  In the meantime, listen to the doctor and follow these safety tips.

"Stay out of the sun, wear light clothes, use hat, wear sunscreen", listed Peacock.  "Try to drink plenty of fluids so that if you do become heated you can still make sweat.  And when you do become overheated do something about it, don't just ignore it."

So, what are the signs that the extreme temperatures are messing with your body?

"Heat illness is a spectrum: it starts with just being uncomfortable and too hot and progresses to cramps and heat exhaustion, which makes you feel really tired, nauseated and you may even vomit.  And if you still don't do anything about it and it continues to get worse you can pass out or have what the worst case is, heat stroke."

And now you know: to beat the heat, nothing works better than staying indoors and cool, as much as you can.  We still have a long way to go until it's time to start complaining about winter.

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