As Texans, we know there is always a possibility of getting overheated in the sun, especially in the summer months when temperatures exceed 90 – 100º F. In South Fort Worth and Frisco, TX you can count on iCare ER & Urgent Care to be open for your heat-related illnesses. Many patients experiencing a reaction to the heat will show varying signs of distress, such as:
- An intermittent mild to high fever
- Pain in the muscles with spasms
- A significant decrease in sweating
- Lethargic or weak posture
- Feeling light headed
- Acting confused, dazed, or in shock
- Vomiting and not keeping fluids down
- Not producing urine
- Critical sunburns
If you think you may have heat overexposure, the first thing to do is get medical attention. Emergency room physicians see patients consistently, especially those who work and play sports outdoors. Our ER is open 24 hours a day for your medical emergencies and we will refer you to our urgent care if the symptoms warrant it.
When your body runs low on fluids and electrolytes, you can experience spasms in your muscles when exerting yourself in the heat. This is a painful symptom of heat cramps. The pain should not be ignored as it is your body telling you to get out the heat, hydrate your body, and lower your temperature. If these symptoms are ignored, it can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Heat Exhaustion or Stroke
If you or someone you know is approaching a medical emergency from being out in the heat too long, he or she can rapidly develop heat exhaustion if it is not addressed. People of all ages who work, exercise, or play sports outdoor are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
Heat exhaustion may start out as heavy sweating and muscle cramps while exercising or working in the sun. Without drinking water to restore fluids and electrolytes, you risk entering into heat stroke.
When a person is experiencing heat stroke, he or she may lose consciousness intermittently, not producing sweat or urine, have a racing pulse, and feel feverish with a temperature of 103º F or higher with reddened skin. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and should be treated immediately at an emergency room.
Depending on the level of burn on your skin, your age, and health status, you may need to go to the ER if you have sun poisoning. A sunburn that constitutes an emergency may be life threatening as well. When the sun severely burns through layers of the skin, it is time to get medical attention. A patient with sun poisoning may appear lethargic and unsteady, have a fever of 103º F or higher, blisters (a few large in size or many small clusters) on the skin, infection, swelling, and more. If you feel that you or your loved one has a major sunburn, please seek medical attention.
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You are at risk for a heat-related illness if you are exposing yourself to the sun, especially during the hottest hours of the day. Patients without air conditioning (especially senior citizens) are highly susceptible to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. All heat-related illnesses are preventable by staying out of the heat when possible, wearing light clothing, replenishing your fluids and hydrating with water, and not overexerting yourself when in the heat.
What to Expect
All heat-related illnesses can be very uncomfortable and potentially life threatening to the person experiencing it. If you or your loved one is brought to iCare, you can expect our practitioners to treat this as a medical emergency and make your health and comfort our main priority. Treatments will vary depending on the presenting symptoms for your heat-related illness. In acute cases, you may be transferred to a local hospital for an inpatient stay.
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Protect Yourself From the Heat
Our iCare ER & Urgent Care is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your medical emergencies. Heat-related illnesses can abruptly escalate and without treatment, could lead to a fatality. We have board-certified emergency physicians who are highly trained to address heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat cramps, and intense sunburns for patients of all ages.