Doctors say beware of heat exhaustion in hot weather - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Doctors say beware of heat exhaustion in hot weather

HERRIN, IL (KFVS) -

Traffic in Heartland emergency rooms is really picking up due to the heat.

Once the mercury soared above 100 degrees the Emergency Department at Herrin Hospital was sure to stock up on intravenous fluids for a busy weekend of heat-related illnesses.

Doctors warn heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be dangerous or even deadly.

According to doctors the elderly and the very young are more at risk than healthy adults.

"You need to watch out for little kids because typically, they're out there playing and don't take care of themselves," said Dr. Eric Ruebke of Herrin Hospital. "You need to make sure your little kids are drinking lots of fluids, eating, and staying in the shade or indoors as much as possible."

Doctors say if you start feeling fatigued, weak, or nauseous take those signs seriously, and take a break from the heat.

Don't forget to drink lots of water or sports drinks with electrolytes to stay hydrated. Doctors say you should avoid drinking alcohol, caffeinated drinks and energy drinks. All of those beverages can cause you to become dehydrated.

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • BBB warns against IL based company after numerous complaints

    BBB warns against IL based company after numerous complaints

    Monday, June 18 2018 9:24 AM EDT2018-06-18 13:24:51 GMT
    Rural King's online business has gotten numerous complains (Source: Pixabay)Rural King's online business has gotten numerous complains (Source: Pixabay)
    Rural Kingonline business has gottenRural Kingonline business has gotten

    The business has been accused of false advertising, prices not honored at the checkout, products ordered but not delivered and poor customer service. 

    The business has been accused of false advertising, prices not honored at the checkout, products ordered but not delivered and poor customer service. 

  • Search continues for 2 dangerous inmates after 3 escape from White County, IL jail

    Search continues for 2 dangerous inmates after 3 escape from White County, IL jail

    Monday, June 18 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-06-18 12:41:56 GMT
    Justin Bray (far right) was taken into custody. The other two inmates are still on the run.Justin Bray (far right) was taken into custody. The other two inmates are still on the run.

    One inmate was captured but another two are still on the run after they escaped from the White County Jail in southern Illinois early on the morning of Saturday, June 16.

    One inmate was captured but another two are still on the run after they escaped from the White County Jail in southern Illinois early on the morning of Saturday, June 16.

  • First Alert: Heat advisories in effect for much of Heartland

    First Alert: Heat advisories in effect for much of Heartland

    Monday, June 18 2018 8:01 AM EDT2018-06-18 12:01:50 GMT
    The sun should warm up the Heartland today.  (Source: Raycom Media)The sun should warm up the Heartland today. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Laura Wibbenmeyer says heat advisories are up once again for most of the Heartland as feels like numbers will top back out in the upper 90s to lower 100s this afternoon. 

    Laura Wibbenmeyer says heat advisories are up once again for most of the Heartland as feels like numbers will top back out in the upper 90s to lower 100s this afternoon. 

Powered by Frankly