LANSING, Mich. (WILX) With the warm weather slowly working its way back into the forecast, it's a good time to remind you of the warning signs of heat-related illnesses.
Heat stroke is the big one. Dr. Dennis Perry at McLaren Greater Lansing Primary Care tells us symptoms include a body temperature of 104 degrees or higher, red flushed skin, a throbbing headache and an altered mental state.
The patient may be confused, agitated, slurring, or delirious. Some people may have a seizure or go into a coma. If you see someone with any of those symptoms, call 911.
If you have to be outside on a hot day, the best way to prevent heat stroke is to stay hydrated. Drink water. Alcohol, coffee and soda pop will dehydrate you. You should also wear loose, light-colored clothing.
Hats and sunglasses will also help.
People at the highest risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke are 65 years or older, kids ages four or younger, people who are overweight and anyone exercising or working hard outdoors.