Here in the South, heat-related illness is a very serious threat. With summers that seem to last most of the year and high temperatures reaching the mid 100s, Texans typically understand the threat of overexposure to the sun. But what we don’t often realize is just how simple it is to get overheated, thus becoming susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If in the midst of your fun in the sun you begin to feel at risk for heat stroke, we encourage you to come in to University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX. We serve the Frisco Heights, Paschal, TCU, and Tanglewood neighborhood areas with superior and attentive medical care, our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and are devoted to treating your heat-related illness.
Symptoms associated with heat exhaustion and heat stroke vary in severity and can often be confused with other conditions. We recommend you cease activity, and seek shade and rest immediately if you have been exposed to the sun and begin to feel a combination of the symptoms listed below:
- An intermittent mild to high fever
- Pain in the muscles with spasms
- A significant decrease in sweating
- Lethargic or weak posture
- Feeling lightheaded
- Acting confused, dazed, or in shock
- Vomiting and not keeping fluids down
- Not producing urine
Heat Exhaustion or Stroke
Our bodies run on fluid and electrolytes. If our bodies become critically low on these two things, we will begin to suffer from heat-related illness symptoms, which should not be ignored. If after a period of rest and rehydration in the shade you do not see a marked improvement of your symptoms, you need to seek medical attention. Heat-related illnesses have the potential of becoming a life threatening situation if they are not properly attended to. University Urgent Care is open seven days a week and equipped to diagnose and treat the varying stages of your heat-related illness in a timely manner, preventing more serious complications.
Heat Exhaustion – Begins with excessive sweating and muscle cramps while exercising or working in the sun. These symptoms are the warning signs that hydration and rest is necessary to prevent the more serious heat-related illness, heat stroke.
Heat Stroke – The result of untreated heat exhaustion and is a medical emergency. Symptoms include potential loss of consciousness, lack of sweat or ability to urinate, reddened skin, and fever. Patients should go straight to the nearest emergency room.
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You place yourself at risk for heat-related illnesses if you are exposing yourself to the sun without taking the proper precautions. If you cannot avoid exposure to the sun during the hottest hours of the day, it is important to mindfully hydrate with water or, if possible, electrolyte-laden beverages such as sports drinks. We also recommend sunhats and light and layered clothing. Avoiding overexposure to the sun is highly recommended whenever possible. Those who have previously suffered from heat stroke are at increased risk of repeat heat illnesses and should be extremely mindful of this matter any time they are planning to be in the sun.
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Heat-related illnesses can abruptly escalate and could lead to a fatality without treatment. University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX is equipped with a knowledgeable staff and a state-of-the-art facility where we can assess your symptoms, determine the degree of your heat-related illness, and treat your condition. If you or your loved one is suffering from the aforementioned symptoms, we encourage you to seek treatment right away. After determining the extent of your condition, we will devise a personalized plan of action with which to address your discomfort. Stop by University Urgent Care today and beat your heat-related illness.