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For me, the summer means swimming, good food, and spending time with friends outside. While it is not my favorite season, I can certainly understand why some people enjoy it so much. Unfortunately, not everything about the summer is all sunshine and rainbows. There are certain issues that you can develop almost exclusively in the summer. If nothing else, it is certainly much easier to see these problems during the hotter months of the year. While we hope that you never experience or see these issues, we also know how incredibly important it is for you to know the warning signs for these problems.

One of the most terrifying summer issues is heat stroke. Heat stroke is an absolutely horrifying disease and you should never mess around when you think either you or someone else is experiencing it. Heat stroke is something that you want to seek medical attention for immediately and do not second guess calling an ambulance if you think someone is having a heat stroke. Here are some of the symptoms to help you recognize what you may be looking for.

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin
  • Hot skin
  • Decreased Sweating
  • Decreased Urination
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Blood in Stool
  • Blood in Urine
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Delirium
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Extreme Fever
  • Convulsions

The horrifying thing about heat stroke is that it can come on suddenly without much to any prior warning. If you are with someone who starts to exhibit these symptoms, call for medical attention immediately. Try and get some fluids in the person, get them to a shady and cool area, and stay with them until help arrives. Heat stroke can be, and sadly often is, fatal. Those who are older are at an increased risk of heat related illnesses and should be monitored closely when in the heat for an extended period of time.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we normally help out with your joints or your muscles. We do care about you as a person, though, which is why we wanted to remind you that heat can kill. While we certainly want you to have a good time during the summer, just remember that it can be dangerous. Come into our office and rest assured that we will look out for every aspect of your health.

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