It's summer time here in New Orleans, which means it's not just hot, it's Louisiana hot. While we want to enjoy these beautiful summer days, Dr. James Aiken, LSU Emergency Medicine Physician at University Medical Center, reminds us to stay safe in this extreme heat.
The key to is drinking a lot of water, before, during, and after you are outside.
"If you wait to be thirsty when you're outside in this kind of heat, you've waited way too long," said Dr. Aiken.
Signs of heat stroke include:
- high body temperature
- nausea and vomiting
- altered mental state or behavior
- throbbing headache
- flushed skin
- rapid heart rate
If you think a loved one is experiencing a heat stroke, call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately.