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As temperatures rise, so does the chance of heat-related illnesses

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:55 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) -Waco High School seniors took the stage Friday for graduation under the hot sun.

Fans and water stations were close by to beat the heat.

Those types of prevention measures are needed as temperatures rise.

Staying cool and hydrated could save you a trip to the emergency room.

“It can be a danger anytime over about 80 degrees, but anytime you have humidity along with the heat, it actually gets worse,” said Dr. Joshua Houser with Baylor Scott & White.

Houser says the start of summer can be the most treacherous as people are still adjusting to the heat.

The secret is drinking lots of water and taking breaks.

“At least once every hour, 45 minutes to an hour, you want to try to get into the shade, get into somewhere cool,” Houser said.

If you are feeling thirsty, you are already at the point of beginning to dehydrate.

Houser says the dangers of heat come in waves. First, feeling irritable or body aches. Next comes other signs of heat exhaustion including dizziness, nausea, or weakness. Once you start having feelings of headaches, confusion, or no longer can keep your temperature down, you are at risk of heatstroke.

Children and the elderly are most at risk of getting sick.

“We have a little bit higher population of both younger and elderly,” Dr. Houser said.

“We also have a little bit more lower socioeconomic status people who may not have air conditioning, so we really need to keep an eye on those folks and those people who are close to you.”

If you start to feel sick, get out of the heat and drink water.

If you still don’t start to feel better, that’s when you need to go see a doctor.

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