Summer Is Here
As we get older the different environments we live in have a greater effect on our health then when we were young. Here in the Coachella valley the heat is a huge threat to the well-being of people all ages, especially seniors. The most common dangers of the heat are sunburn, fainting, heat stroke or heat exhaustion. It is recommended at www.OSHA.gov to stay indoors when the temperature reaches 103 degrees Fahrenheit or above.
The Coachella valley has numerous locations called “cooling centers” for people and seniors who would like to get out of the heat. You can find more information and a location near you on www.kesq.com/Cooling-Centers-To-Open-In-Desert-Communities.
The most common signs and symptoms of heat stroke are:
• Body temperature of 104 F or higher is the main sign of heatstroke
• Altered mental state or unusual behavior
• Diaphoresis (excessive sweating)
• Nausea and vomiting
• Flushed skin
• Tachypnea (rapid breathing)
• Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
The most common signs of heat exhaustion are:
• Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
• Muscle or abdominal cramps.
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea