OSDH Warns of Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
For Release: July 5, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601
Summer is here and the temperatures are rising. Approximately 660 deaths occur annually in the United States associated with excess natural heat.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently, and it often results in severe organ damage or even death.
It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and act quickly.
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale, clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Body temperature greater than 103 degrees
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse