Local doctor warns about dangers of exposure to heat

Local doctor warns about dangers of exposure to heat

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - As the temperatures continue to rise into the 100's almost daily, so does the risk of heat exhaustion.

A simple gesture of giving out a water bottle could make all the difference in someone's health.

Temperatures remain high across the Permian Basin and Many people don't know the dangers of being in the sun too long without adequate amounts of fluids.

"When the temperatures are up over a 100 degrees, we have been seeing two to three patients a day with symptoms of heat exhaustion," said Dr. Lawrence Voesack with Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

Doctors say heat exhaustion is often mistaken for other illnesses. Heat exhaustion is characterized by fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, headache and fainting.

Many locals have rallied together to help those who have to be in the sun, stay hydrated.

"It started out last Monday. I started taking waters and snacks to everybody, construction workers, homeless people," said Veronika Hernandez.

"Giving them a bottle of water is a very kind and helpful thing to help them," said Voesack.

Although drinking water is important, It's also crucial to stock up on electrolytes. A rule of thumb is to drink two to three bottles of water to every bottle of Gatorade or Powerade. Also, make sure you are taking breaks from the sun and getting some shade every now and then.

Doctors say the hottest part of the day is between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you can, avoid exposure during this time.

Hernandez will be going out Tuesday to give waters around town.

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