Monday, July 18, 2022
With temperatures expected to hover near or above 90 degrees over the next several days, Atlantic County health officials remind residents to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness.
Heat-related illness, also known as hyperthermia, is a condition that results from exposure to extreme heat where the body becomes unable to properly cool and there is a rapid rise in body temperature, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
People suffering heatstroke can go from appearing normal to extremely ill in a matter of minutes. Victims may have hot, dry skin, a high body temperature of 106 degrees or more, an absence of sweat, and a rapid and strong pulse. Victims may become delirious or unconscious. Persons suffering from heatstroke need immediate medical attention.
Heat exhaustion is a milder illness that may take several days of high temperatures to develop. Victims may have pale, clammy skin and sweat profusely. They may feel tired, weak, or dizzy and have headaches or sometimes cramps, but their body temperature will remain close to normal.
To avoid health complications from excessive heat:
If you or anyone else is experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness, call 9-1-1 immediately. While waiting for help, move the person into air conditioning or shade, remove unnecessary clothing, wet the person with cool water, apply ice to armpits, groin, neck and back or immerse in cold water or ice.
For further information on heat-related illness, visit the Atlantic County Web site at www.aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5935