With temperatures expected to creep near the century mark across the Inland Northwest, the medical community is reminding farmers, growers, or anyone working outdoors to plan ahead to stay safe.  John Matheson is an Emergency Room doctor, and he said drastic swings, where daytime temperatures jump from the 70's to the upper 90's in just a few days, are very hard on the body, externally and internally.  He said those that are out, especially during the heat of the day need to watch for heat related illnesses, namely heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  He says those illnesses are on a spectrum.


“It can go from very mild symptoms where you’re not feeling well, into the heat exhaustion up to heat stroke an even death.  And otherwise healthy people can be impacted by it.”


Dr. Matheson added the course of action is preventing heat related illnesses all together by planning ahead.


“Knowing that you’re going to be out, making sure that you’ve of plenty of fluids wearing the right clothing, which doesn’t always mean undressing.  Having some light protective clothing that can keep you protected from the sun is a good thing.  Drink you fluids, avoid the alcohol, have an area where you can go to get out of it, recognize your limits and take care of yourself.”


Dr. Matheson said one of the best things you can do is start the day with a lot of water, and very little coffee.  And if you see someone who is struggling in the heat, not sweating, confused, get them to a cool place as quickly as possible and call for assistance.





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