Be aware of these warning signs for heat-related illnesses

Posted at 4:43 AM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 12:51:33-04

(WXYZ) — An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for all of southeast Michigan from 12 p.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. on Saturday, and heat indexes across the area are expected to climb into the 100s during the day on Friday and Saturday.

These temperatures will be the hottest of the summer, and we want to to be on the lookout for heat-related illnesses. Below are things you should look out for, from the CDC.

Heat Stroke

What to look for
High body temperature (103 degrees or higher)
Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
Fast, strong pulse
Losing consciousness

What to do
Call 911 right away
Move the person to a cooler place
Help lower the person's temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
Do not give the person anything to drink

Heat Exhaustion
What to look for
Heavy sweating
Cold, pale, and clammy skin
Fast, weak pulse
Nausea or vomiting
Muscle cramps
Tiredness or weakness

What to do
Move ot a cool place
Loosen your clothes
Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a bath
Sip water

Get medical help right away if:
You are throwing up
Your symptoms get worse
Your symptoms last longer than one hour

Heat cramps
What to look for
Heavy sweating during intense exercise
Muscle pain or spasms

What to do
Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
Drink water or a sports drink
Wat for cramps to go away before any physical activity

Get medical help right away if:
Cramps last longer than 1 hour
You're on a low-sodium diet
You have heart problems

What to look for
Painful, red, and warm skin
Blisters on the skin

What to do
Stay out of the sun until sunburn heals
Put cool cloths on sunburned areas or take a cool bath
Put moisturizing loction on sunburned areas
Do not break blisters

Heat rash
What to look for
Red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples on the skin (usually on the neck, chest, groin, or in elbow creases)

What to do
Stay in a cool, dry place
Keep the rash dry
Use powder (like baby powder) to soothe the rash