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07/25/05 - East Texas

Some Texas Towns Are Dangerously Hot

by Ramonica R. Jones

If you thought it couldn't get any hotter in East Texas, think again. Temperatures have been soaring and these hot conditions can make you sick.

Heat advisories will be issued if the heat index is more than 105 degrees. When this happens, the same safety rules apply as any other hot day.

Dr. Michael Iversen of Woodland Heights Medical Center said, "Stay inside if you can. Stay cool, wear light clothing, drink lots of fluids, and if you start getting dizzy, you start getting weak, you get hot, you perspire a lot, always use common sense and get inside. And if you don't have air conditioning, get in the shade, get to a fan. Try not to overexert yourself."

If you have to work outside, be extra careful to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Gary Chatelain, Meteorologist Intern with the National Weather Service, said, "People that work outside are generally more accustomed to dealing with the heat, but just watch your body. If you were to stop sweating, then that's your body's way of shutting down its cooling process and it's actually going to go into a stroke."

When your body temperature gets too high, that can lead to seizures or even a coma.

"Kids walking from the mall a couple of miles in the heat can get heat exhaustion. When they get heat exhaustion, they get real tired, they sweat a lot, they get dizzy," said Dr. Iversen.

If you get overheated and have any of these symptoms, get inside quickly and cool off. Something as simple as a cold shower might do the trick. If your problems don't go away, go see a doctor.

The effects of heat can be minimized by reducing outdoor activities, drinking plenty of water or non-alcoholic beverages. Both alcohol and caffeine dehydrate the body.

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