Here in the south, we have heat waves that keep us in triple-digit temperatures for days at a time. Heat sickness is a real threat when you spend any amount of time outdoors. In fact, just last weekend my oldest nephew was walking to a friend’s and landed himself in the ER for the evening. After plenty of IV fluids, he was released to go home and spend a week on bed rest. He was lucky.
Detect And Treat Heat Sickness
It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of heat sickness — especially when our children are involved. When temperatures soar, the body’s natural cooling system may begin to fail. As heat builds in your body, it can cause serious health issues. Drinking water and keeping your body temperature regulated are important during these dog days of summer. As a parent, I am constantly reminding my children to drink water. The symptoms often begin with muscle cramping and continue to elevate from there. The following are other signs that you may be experiencing heat sickness:
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale, and clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
If you are experiencing, high body temperature (above 103°F), hot, red, dry or moist skin, rapid and strong pulse or possible unconsciousness, call 911 immediately.
Once the symptoms are recognized, be sure to move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen any clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths or cool water to your body. Sip water to restore body fluids. If you have vomiting occurs, seek medical attention immediately. Use Amwell, a telehealth app, to consult with a doctor virtually that can help diagnose your condition, suggest a follow up, and prescribe medications, when appropriate.
Amwell is the only service that allows you to select the doctor YOU want to see for an on-demand visit. Amwell offers a $49 physician visit — as well as a $1 first visit with this code: TELEVISIT47. This helps you save money, save time spent driving to a medical office, and gives you direct care from a board certified doctor to help the healing process begin. You can essentially see a doctor anytime, from anywhere, on your iPhone or iPad. Typical issues include:
- Urinary tract infection
- Sprains and strains
- Respiratory infection
- Weight concerns
Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Seek medical advice from the comfort of your home or while on the go.