Doctors warn of heat injuries in hot summer days

WICHITA, Kansas – It’s not just the very young that are vulnerable to the heat.

With the temperatures reaching triple digits today and expected to be the same tomorrow, the heat can be dangerous for anyone who spends time outside.

Doctor Jacob Ott with Via Christi Health Systems said he treated three cases of heat-related illnesses today alone.

Ott said in these temperatures, heat exhaustion and heat-stroke are the biggest things to worry about.

Ott added that the biggest misconception about the heat is that people tend to under-estimate how quickly the heat can turn dangerous.

”Without hydration and if you are in direct sunlight and working hard, it’s little as 10-15 minutes for heat exhaustion, for heat stroke a little longer, usually an hour or two,” said Ott.

Ott recommended that people who are out in the heat to stay hydrated, to avoid going out in the sun during peak hours from about noon until 5 pm.

If you are working outside, it’s also best to take breaks, go inside and cool down, to limit the chance of getting a heat-related illness.

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