Doctors urge caution and hydration in extreme heat

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Several hospitals have dealt with heat-related illnesses this week, and with the recent heat advisory, doctors urge people to use caution while temperatures are high.

The University of Kansas Hospital recently worked a case with a man who came in complaining of some of heat sickness symptoms, like dizziness and nausea. Doctors say if you follow the simple rules of staying hydrated, and finding a cool place, you could save yourself a trip to the emergency room.

But Dr. Stephen Thornton says heat sickness is not always easy to spot. He added that it may happen to people who are taking medication that already predisposes them to those symptoms. He says you have to think of heat related illness like a spectrum.

“At one spectrum you kind of have what's called prickly heat. That's the kind of rash you get when you're out in the sun, to mild dehydration that gets worse to the point where you can have what's called ‘heat stroke,’ which is where your temperature is uncontrolled,” Dr. Thornton explained.

FOX 4 ran into several people taking a dip at Stonegate pool in Overland Park. One mom said she doesn't let the heat keep her inside. She said it's all about staying hydrated and not overdoing it.

We also found an adorable little girl keeping cool with her lemonade stand all while making money to pay for her friends’ school supplies.

Doctor say if you start to have the symptoms: Dizziness, nausea, cramping and confusion, move quickly to a cool place and hydrate. If necessary, go to the hospital.

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